Join us at a SAGE Event where you can connect with peers, socialize, learn about the challenges faced by future generations, and ways to make a difference.
We lead discussions and workshops throughout the year on a range of topics. We meet almost anywhere: homes, businesses, community centers, cafes, residential communities, schools, and places of worship. Events are free or low cost and open to the public. Young adults are encouraged to attend and share their experience as well.
Visiting Sage Speakers
We also host Visiting SAGE speakers to inspire people to make the world a better place. Check out the photo gallery below for highlights from our past Visiting SAGE speakers, including Dr. Sylvia Earle (2019), Van Jones (2018) Paul Hawken (2016), Robert Putnam (2015), Nicholas Kristof (2014) and Marc Freedman (2013).
2018 – Van Jones on the Political Divide
SAGE welcomed CNN host, best-selling author and social entrepreneur Van Jones for a discussion about his new book, “Beyond the Messy Truth,” and his vision for how Americans can move beyond partisan divides and find meaningful solutions to our common problems.
2019 – Dr. Sylvia Earle on the Future of Our Oceans
Global oceans champion, Dr. Sylvia Earle, spoke in Portland about the future of our oceans. Dr. Earle spoke about the world’s oceans as the source of all life, why they’re in peril from pollution, over-use and climate change, and how we can be a part of an all-out effort to save them.
2016 – Paul Hawken on Climate Solutions
SAGE featured sustainability pioneer and best-selling author, Paul Hawken as its 2016 Visiting SAGE. Hawken spotlighted Drawdown, a nonprofit that features 80 solutions to reverse climate change. He inspired us with his core point – humanity is brilliant, and we have the tools to tackle this global challenge.
2015 – Robert Putnam on the American Dream
In 2015, SAGE hosted one of the most influential teachers in the world – Robert Putnam. Putnam spoke about his bestseller, Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis, which looks at the growing barriers to upward mobility in our country, and ways to restore the promise of the American Dream.
2014 – Nicholas Kristof on Giving with Purpose
SAGE celebrated two-time Pulitzer Prize winning author and New York Times Columnist Nicholas Kristof as its 2014 Visiting SAGE. Kristof spoke about his book, A Path Appears, which describes effective ways to support causes that you believe in. He demonstrated how even small gifts add up to the millions of drops that fill buckets and change lives.
2013 – Marc Freedman on the Encore Stage of Life
In 2013, SAGE featured Marc Freedman, the CEO of Encore.org, and the leader of a movement to make it easier for millions of people to pursue encore careers – “second acts for the greater good.” Guests enjoyed Freedman’s inspiring presentation on how seniors can live a legacy of public service.