Q Portland: Day One

"Welcome to Portland. Have you gotten high yet?" That was how Donald Miller welcomed the 600 participants of Q to his hometown. As a very "progressive" and "post-Christian" city, Portland is a colorful backdrop for this year's Q Gathering. Much of the city's cultural texture was captured by a clip from Portlandia that played during Miller's welcome:

Gabe Lyons, the founder of Q, added his welcome. He reminded the room full of iPads, faux-hawks, and black framed glasses that the event is called "Q and not A" because we don't have all of the answers. That launched a day of engaging conversation and some controversy.

Jamin Brophy-Warren from Kill Screen Magazine spoke about the redemptive power of video games and the struggle to recognize them as a legitimate art form.

Tom Ritchie, one of the guys who invented the original mountain bike, shared about how his time in Rwanda rekindled his hope. His company has supplied thousands ...

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