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.
After more than two years in Open Space Dialogue, the conversations continue!
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.
About the IIRP Conference
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.
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Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton