Tool: Hold Community Conversations

 

This is one of 15 civic engagement tools to Shift the Country.  This tool for holding community conversations is the primary tool of the full set of tools.

Quick Overview:  Hold Community Conversations

Virtual or real-world forums for urgent, emerging, systemic, or longer-term issues for problem-solving; planning; vision; improving/transforming government; economic recovery; etc.  Forums can help clarify, define, or update community priorities, values, stakes, and goals in crisis and for the future.  Single events or a series on any wicked problem area or other topic.

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Details on how to use this and the other 15 civic engagement tools are under construction as we're a brand-new nonprofit, created in the summer of 2020 to deal with multiple crises in the US.  More information on this tool is coming ASAP!
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More details, discussion, and examples on how to use this tool in the tagged resources below.  Some of the resources below show how you can combine the 15 civic engagement tools, and/or how they can be applied to the 10 structural areas.

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VIDEO: Community Conversations (A Tool)

Having "Community Conversations" is one of the core of the 15 civic engagement tools that can help Shift the Country. These conversations can be online or in-person or both, & single events or a series. They can help us with solving problems & building resilience where we are - like for the pandemic - and also things like re-imagining public safety and racial justice. 9/3/2020. This video is tied to several Shift the Country tools because it relates to several of them - and it is a key tool for doing civic engagement, if not made more challenging by the pandemic.  Still, there are ways to make it work, to solve community problems, to drive community agendas, and to help people help each other through.

VIDEO: How Taking Care of People Can Help Save US

We can counter the individualism damaging the health and well-being of this country by looking after each other. Caring about people. Celebrating community. Having compassion. Embracing humanity. Anchoring in connection and community. Doing that can help make shift happen, too. This was originally broadcast on the Shift the Country Facebook page on August 15, 2020.