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Montavilla: The First Ever PDX Story Share 6-9pm

November 19, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

What is Story Share?

Story Share is a multi-faceted, engaging and inclusive opportunity to connect with the greater Portland community over a potluck style dinner and share individual stories with fellow PDXers. Join us in celebrating uniquely human experiences genuinely shared in welcoming spaces.

Date, Time, Location and RSVP Form

The event will be co-hosted by me, Scott Werley, and Alex Linsker, owner of Collective Agency, on Tuesday, November 19th from 6-9 pm at the Collective Agency Montavilla office.

Sign up by adding your name and potluck item you’ll be bringing to the google doc below. RSVPs are on a first come, first served basis. Due to the intimate nature of the event, we will be capping guests to 12 total for the evening. (This number is subject to change in the future.) We kindly ask that you arrive on time as your valued presence will help ensure everyone gets the most out of the evening.

RSVP here:

Schedule for the evening:

6:00-7:15 pm: potluck style dinner — mingle and feast
7:15-9:00 pm: sharing of stories

Overview of how a Story Share event works:

Part One: Noms and Questions

During the potluck portion of the evening, we will have strips of paper available for everyone to write up to three appropriate, open-ended, safe-for-work questions. Examples of appropriate questions would be: “Share a time when you were genuinely excited” or “Share a story of when you laughed uncontrollably.” An example of an inappropriate question would be “Share a memory about the time you hooked up with so and so.” Similarly, trolling questions meant to embarrass someone attending are not allowed. (Please use common sense and courtesy.) Questions will be folded up and placed within a bowl for the second portion of the night. No one will be allowed to tamper with the questions once they’ve been submitted.

Part Two: Stories!

At 7:15 pm, we’ll gather in a circular shape and someone will be randomly selected to have the opportunity to draw the first question. If the drawer does not consider the question to be appropriate, open-ended, or safe-for-work, another will be drawn. They will read the question aloud (repeating, if necessary), and the person on their left will have an uninterrupted opportunity to respond within a set time limit. They can either choose to share a story or pass, then the person on their left will be next. Once everyone’s had a chance to share, folks who’ve previously passed will have a second and final opportunity to share for that particular question. Once everyone has shared a story (or respectfully chosen to pass twice), the initial question puller will choose someone else to draw a question, and the sharing process will repeat. This will happen for a third time; thus, a total of three questions will be asked for the evening.

Time Limit For Sharing

Stories will be limited to 2-5 minutes based upon the number of total attendees. We’ll make sure everyone has a chance to respond to all three questions!

Closing Comments

Story Share has been in the works (and on my mind) for a long, long time. It’s based on an event in Minneapolis that I was invited to as an undergrad student about eleven years back called Story Circle. Together, we small groups of 8 made meals from scratch and shared stories that surprised, invoked and often shattered expectations and presumptions. The time has arrived for bringing the spirit of Story Circle to PDX and learning more about one another, beyond our online and work personas. Let’s bring what makes us human to the table and enjoy each other’s wholesome, enriching, face-to-face company together!


November 19, 2019
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Collective Agency Montavilla
7819 SE Stark Street
Portland, OR 97215 United States
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Scott Werley