Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, small minds discuss people. — attributed to Anna Eleanor Roosevelt (1884 – 1962)
What are Community Conversations? We can answer that by also asking what’s the most effective method for involving an entire community involved in a big vision; healing a community, or; simply re-energizing a community which has lost purpose or meaning?
One method which has worked effectively in the past is structured Community Conversations. CC's are gatherings for in-depth civil discourse (conversation intended to enhance understanding) in a community conversation the engagement is designed to be respectful, constructive, inclusive, collaborative, solution-focused and conducive to empowering healthy engaged communities.
Community Conversations provide a unique space in which people come together for thoughtful discussion and dialogue about shared values—past, present, and future.
Since very few curricula teach us how to correctly structure a meaningful conversation, a simple methodology is needed and that is what we offer. Using this process, you will find that meaningful conversation is not only possible, it is, in fact, deeply appreciated, and for many participants the process is often transformational. Participants have expressed surprise that it was possible to “go so deep” with people they did not know and expressed gratitude for the experience.
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Lead Group Dialogue
Intergroup bridge building is a delicate task demanding high quality facilitation. A skilled facilitator is vital to shaping participants’ overall experience. Call on us to help in leading a group dialogue or political education. We can help you find (or train) qualified, caring experiental, facilitators to successfully carry out your gathering.
Protests and Events Leadership Meetings
Studying recent protests and organized actions that had occurred across the US - it was important to facilitate conversations for building bridges among folks of different backgrounds and persuasions allowing open & free exchange of ideas.
Bringing together leaders and participants of protests after an event is an excellent way to share insights learned.
Updates on upcoming 2022 Community Conversations will be posted in December.
You're invited to attend a live virtual Westside Community Conversation on Thursday, November 18, 2021, at 6pm.
The topic is "Youth in the System: Why Juvenile Justice Needs Reform." You can join the virtual event using your computer, smartphone, or tablet, or you can listen in via telephone. You will receive login after registering at www.cityofmadison.com/MeetingNovember18Westside.
NOTE: Registration is limited to 500 participants. The meeting will be recorded. Please email your questions for the panelists to email@example.com by Monday, November 15.