Trees in misty landscape

Welcome to Open Spaces

Open Spaces is a forum for voices that speak with knowledge and insight to issues affecting people everywhere. As the name suggests, Open Spaces is dedicated to an openness of attitude, intellect and approach. In this spirit, we present thoughtful, well-researched articles on a variety of subjects from a number of different viewpoints.

by Kim Stafford

Our present times suggest a need for a broader view—both inward and outward. To this end, we offer a blessing by Oregon’s ninth Poet Laureate.

by Kristie L. Ebi, Ph.D., MPH; Jeremy J. Hess, MD, MPH; and Renee N. Salas, MD, MPH, MS

2018 was a banner year for reports focused on climate change and health. The reports all present the same key messages: climate change is here, it is bad for your health, immediate actions can reduce future risks, and climate action has immediate and substantial health benefits.


How a group of friends who decided to live their values created dwellings to foster sustainability, community interaction and aging in place.

Marten in snow
Artist Showcase
Harry Kingston Photography

Above: Season of Mists
Left: Winter Wonderland

“When artists, entrepreneurs, and agents of social change cluster, they look for forums where they can interact and be challenged and provoked. In Cascadia, Open Spaces plays this role. It is where thoughtful people publish essays that push readers to think outside their comfort zones.”

— Denis Hayes, coordinator of the first Earth Day 
and current president of the Bullitt Foundation