Welcome to Open Spaces

Open Spaces is a forum for voices that speak with knowledge and understanding of matters currently affecting all of us.

“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

Book Review
Elizabeth Cosgriff

An insightful, passionate and entertaining examination of how voters make political decisions, and of what any party or politician needs to do to win their allegiance.

Your Health
Harvard Univ. Global Health Institute and Brown Univ. School of Public Health

COVID-19 cases in US by congressional district screenshot on 11.12.2020For USA information by state, county or congressional district, including COVID-19 cases, risk level and disease trends in your area, see this interactive map from Harvard University’s Global Health Institute and Brown University’s School of Public Health.

Ron Turker, M.D.

Differing attitudes during the COVID-19 pandemic have revealed the chasm between the data provided by science and medicine and doubts about trusting that information.

Here, we offer a physician’s take on how we arrived at this point and how the medical community can rebuild trust.

Richard Benner

Poet Richard Benner (author of our recently featured poem “Godscape of Clouds”) offers his thoughtful insight into this uncertain time as we emerge from the pandemic.

Enjoy the poem

Environmental Policy
Christine Todd Whitman,
former head of the EPA

Must Congress authorize every policy by an agency, or can agencies act with authority? This case is not just about the breadth of one agency’s authority; the outcome of the case will determine the physical and economic health of the United States for years to come.

Marine World
Robert Bailey and Peter Hatch

Why are sea otters missing from the Oregon Coast? Learn about the history of otters in Oregon, how we got to this point, and about the Elakha Alliance’s restoration efforts to reestablish the ecological and cultural balance for future generations.

Artist Showcase
Photos by Harry Kingston

Top: Golden Crowned Sparrow on a Crabapple Tree

Left: Pelican

To see more of Harry’s work, visit his photography showcase.

International Climate Change

For updates, visit the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) website, where one can find Summaries for Policy Makers from recent and upcoming Synthesis Reports.

Photo: Visible Earth, NASA