We had energized conversations at our November 15 Community Commons. You can read the notes taken during those conversations here. These conversations will continue as we focus on how to move forward with specific actions during our 4th Community Commons, December 20, 2016 from 7 to 9 pm at the offices of the Tribune.
The conversations on November 15 centered around two themes, Building Bridges and Citizen Centered Planning. The group discussing how to build bridges among Columbia’s diverse groups reviewed progress made on ideas shared in prior conversations that related to how media coverage of minority communities might be improved. Student reporters, assisted by community mentors will soon be contributing stories to the Tribune. Other comments emphasized that although there is an interest in building bridges, there has to be a plan for doing so. In December we will focus on how to follow-through with several ideas that have come up relating to fostering intentional gatherings of diverse people. Those ideas will be listed for ease of review in the next post.
The group focusing on Citizen Centered Planning continued to address the themes of accountability and communication. Several additional ideas for improving our processes for planning, maintaining, and building needed infrastructure were raised and will also be summarized in a future post. A group member who was new to the Community Commons commented that he was fascinated by the idea that we could have “a civil conversation on a difficult topic.” It is those civil conversations between citizens that will help us move forward!
What were some take-aways from both conversations as expressed by the group? These might be summarized as follows: Listening is key, talk leads to action, and we will need ongoing engagement, creativity and follow-through to make change.
Working together, we can make a difference.
Tuesday, December 20, 7-9 pm
Enter the Tribune Training Room on Walnut Street, between 5th and Providence.
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