GENIE exists to help you work on what's important to you.

Your priorities. Your communities.


Our projects

GENIE's Gorge-wide network map project is the primary community resource we maintain. Our events support both gathering information relevant to our map and expanding possibilities for people working towards a more resilient future in the Gorge. However, building a map for the whole Gorge - one useful for everyone - is an impossible task to do all at once. So, we are building the Gorge network map by starting in specific project areas, finding local partners with both data to share and a desire to gain insight into the impacts they have. We also listen to people at our events and work to find collaborative funding for areas of strong community need.



We host mapping events, and offer community conversations, an annual summit and more. We look forward to meeting you!


Learn about how we build the Gorge maps, what our current projects are, and how to use our maps for your own work.

Our maps and community events allow us to explore and expand our understanding of the rich networks in the Gorge. Early participants will make the main network map useful to their needs.

See what we're building

See what we're building

Explore Current Projects

All of our current projects are collaborative efforts. Take a look at the variety of activities we are looking at and ask: How might these coordinated efforts help you make a difference?

Let us know about your project

Let us know about your project

Start a new project

Passionate about a community project area not yet in action? That's why we are here! We can help you set up your own project, complete with a page for contributions.


Our Services

Want to use the map for your organization? We can help. See what your own strategic network leverage points are, and learn to use the map to affect things you care about.



uniting gorge communities

We connect people and ideas with actions to impact the things that matter most to citizens and organizations in the Gorge. We are currently planning our our inaugural 2018 ‘Explore the Gorge’ series: Mapping the Gorge. ‘Our common table’ community conversations are held on demand. People attending these initial events have the unique opportunity to help shape its early use and functionalities.



Mapping the gorge

Our 2018 inaugural 'Explore the Gorge' series theme is 'Mapping the Gorge'. These events are designed to offer a whole-system view of our Columbia River Gorge communities. They will inform the structure of the Gorge Network Map, a collectively created research and marketing tool, and so make it useful for addressing key needs. What do you hope the map might show you? Conversations and activities during these events will be focused around the future of the Gorge in our five identified areas of community wellbeing.


Our common table

Come meet your Gorge neighbors and listen in a new way. Participants read an essay or two about topics that impact lives across our communities ahead of the event. We then host a casual gathering to share our stories on the topic, listen to each other reflect on those narratives, and enjoy a common table. These events are scheduled on demand. Please let us know if you have a particular topic you’d like to explore, or would like to participate in or host an event.


Learning conversations

GENIE has a full toolbox of facilitation possibilities that help our many kinds of events be successful. Want us to help with your event? We offer both business services and community support for events that aim at a more resilient future for our Gorge.

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Annual Advancement Summit

Our annual Columbia Gorge Advancement Summit is a collaborative event in partnership with CultureSeed and Klickitat Advocacy. We bring together engaged leaders in the Gorge to explore broad level coordination and key outcomes. We send out early notice to our newsletter subscribers, and publish summaries on our blog.


Event Listings

Find details on events as they are scheduled.


navigate change. together.

Our maps are not based on some abstract theory about how a community should work. Rather, we ground them in what we hear from real people doing effective work throughout Gorge. We use outcomes and indicators local community organizations and businesses care about to structure the Gorge network map and make it useful to efforts throughout our communities.


Current Gorge mapS

As our collection grows, we anticipate a map library for different areas of community needs. When we have that, we'll add a link here. For now, in our first year, we invite you to explore the maps among our current projects.

Find what interests you.


Adding to the map

To add a project, organization or outcome you care about to the map, get in touch with us. We're developing software to allow businesses and organizations to add themselves, and to update their information as needed.

Many hands make light work!


our mapping database

The database informing this map is maintained by GENIE as a public resource of open data. As GENIE matures, we hope to partner with other open data orgs to bring GENIE to other communities.

Questions? Ask us!

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