“City asks for citizen input and then doesn’t do anything with it.”
“Vision, don’t forget VISION!!!”
“We don’t know our neighbors.”
“What would it be like if we could come together as one WHOLE community?”
Our past forums have made it clear that the citizens of Columbia are concerned about where we are going as a community. Our new community dialogue guide, titled Are We An Us?, shares the thoughts, ideas, and actions that have been captured to date. You can download the guide and join the conversation. Join in on this blog, on our next forum, or in your own backyard! Our Neighbor2Neighbor guide walks you through the process of hosting your own conversation with friends and neighbors and reporting back in.
Our next forum is an on-line chat forum, hosted by Columbia Daily Tribune managing editor Jim Robertson, Tuesday July 21 from 5 to 6 pm. To join, go to http://columbiatribune.com/ on Tuesday and follow the link.
We look forward to hearing from you.
For the last month we have been meeting with our community partners, finalizing our dialogue guide, and returning to the Kettering Foundation to discuss our learning exchange. Later this month we will launch our guide, titled “Are We An Us? A Guide for Dialogue About Community” along with a schedule of activities. Look for that on this blog! You are welcome to download the guide and host your own discussion with your friends, family, neighborhood association, service organization or other group.
Also last month Columbia was named the 4th largest city in Missouri, passing Independence. This reflects rapid growth over the past decade, and that growth continues. Columbia passed the 100,000 mark in 2008 and is projected to exceed 200,000 by 2030. As our forum participants observed, that growth has stressed our community in many ways.
How do we create or maintain a sense of community as we grow? Talking with each other across lines of race, place, and income is one way to do that. We hope to foster that conversation here and in other forums. Join in the conversation and watch for the guide!