Community conversations help us become a 'community of possibilities, not a community of problems...'
The primary objective of a community conversation is to bring together people with diverse perspectives to explore, learn, discuss, build collaborative solutions and activate local resources to positively impact community issues.
“Community exists for the sake of belonging and takes its identity from the gifts, generosity, and accountability of its citizens.”
– Peter Block, Community: The Structure of Belonging
If the issues facing our community were easy to solve, they would already be fixed. The reality is community issues are complex, ever-changing, costly and everyone has their own solution to whatever issue is being discussed. Rarely is there only one solution.
What helps to address community issues? Community conversations. Not just any conversation, conversations that go beyond talking to building collaborative solutions. Bring in the facilitators!
At Sophia we are working hard to build our internal capacity so we can be a resource for community conversations. We believe community conversations hold the greatest opportunity to engage all stakeholders in decision making and creating positive change in communities.