Small group conversation opportunities for engaged leaders using, the rubrics of vulnerability, shared responsibility, and energy for civic engagement.
Structured 75 minute conversations ‘with no strings attached’ between formal and informal leaders from different sectors and diverse stratas of the community.
The personal impact of seldom-held conversations, about what matters to the community, between key influential persons who have never met each other.
A decision by the Willmar city council to be a ‘welcoming city’ serves as a call for concerned citizens to overcome fear, build respect, and celebrate shared values in the midst of difference.
Grassroots organizing use active listening, inter-group encounters, civic conversations and collaborative activities, and community-wide celebrations to weave the social fabric of the community.
The opportunity for an ever-widening circle of citizens and groups to experience the benefits of active participation in the creation and nurturing of a truly welcoming and inclusive Willmar.
Dynamic process for organizations, institutions, communities and elected bodies to insure that decision-making is inclusive of, and responsive to, the people served and impacted.
Appreciative inquiry interviews make possible productive conversations about the needs, responsibilities and aspirations of all concerned, leading to scenarios for participatory decision-making.
The exploration process itself models what’s needed for shared and responsive decision-making, building a social infrastructure based on a shared sense of reality, effective practices, and trust.
Gathering together ‘community-first’ actors to cultivate the social infrastructure needed to address the systemic issues facing Minneapolis (after George Floyd) and Richfield (after Brian Quinones).
An intensive year-long pilgrimage of community listening, mutual inquiry, and scenario thinking, by 200 ‘community-first’ actors.
Given this shared experience together, these ‘community-first’ actors will figure out how cultivate the social fabric essential to meeting the challenges of systemic racism, police violence, and social inequities in the communities.