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 2023 Community Conversations will be posted in January
Honoring Martin Luther King COMMUNITY CONVERSATION & Senior Volunteer Fair 2-4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20, 20223, Iowa City Senior Center's Assembly Room The start of a new year is a great time to get acquainted with some of the many outstanding organizations that serve our community, learn about volunteer opportunities, and get involved in something new! The Senior Center is hosting a senior-focused volunteer fair. Join us for an afternoon of lively community conversations, enlightening exploration, and community engagement. All are welcome to attend; no registration is needed!
For more info click mlk.uiwa.edu