Local Network Chooses Collective Possibility
For the benefit of those seeking food in the OTR, Central Business District & West End; What can we do together that we cannot do alone?
This was a creative annual meeting for a nonprofit leadership development association. The theme was Succession Planning. About 70 members showed up where participants created the agenda on the spot. They chose topics that they were passionate about, then they broke into groups and got to work.
Here is a note we got from one participant after receiving meeting notes less than 48 hours after meeting:
“I just wanted to take a minute to thank you for the opportunity to attend a “creative” Annual Meeting. I must say, I found myself a lot more engaged than I ever thought I would be. What is most impressive was your job of getting the informative reports out in a timely manner. This process allow for a great deal of valuable wisdom to be shared in a short period of time. Take care and congratulations on a successful event!”
An intentional invitation in Cincinnati, Ohio — Nationwide, communities are galvanizing and demanding institutions to address racism. In this spirit, the Cincinnati Human Relations Commission and Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center are partnering to challenge organizations and individuals to make a commitment to addressing and ending racism, with an initiative entitled, “Rethinking Racism.” The kick off event for this collaborative will be an open space dialogue and workshop taking place Thursday January 14, 2016 6:30-8:30 at Father Rivers Hall at St. Joseph Parish 745 Ezzard Charles Drive Cincinnati, OH 45202. Attendees will have the opportunity to address their perceptions of modern day racism and participate in action based conversations. The story begins…
Kick-Off Event Impressions
The group discussions – Topics were varied enough that everyone had a good kick off.
Process used was tight enough to get us going, and loose enough to allow creativity and risk-taking. Christina and Dan were skillful and authentic.
I really liked the “open space.” It was new to me, but I enjoyed it a lot.
Very rich mix of ethnic, socioeconomic, and age backgrounds. This made for a very
spirited and unbiased starting conversation.
The process was effective. Conversations were had and connections were initiated.
The event was well organized. The dialogue amongst the groups was stimulating!
Facilitators did a great job at creating an environment where attendees could both tap into their passion and speak freely about a very difficult topic to discuss: I felt
empowered to better address racism in myself and around me.
Check out the “NEW” Race and Racism in Cincinnati Toolkit
Gayle Hilleke and Dan Joyner will be presenting the A Small Group Conversations at the International Institute of Restorative Practices (IIRP) on October 24-26, 2018.
Strengthening the Spirit of Community is a 3-day event exploring effective ways to build community, respond to conflict and harm, and enhance the well-being of neighborhoods, organizations, families and individuals – through the lens of restorative practices and allied approaches.
Thanks for joining me!
Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton