NCL Invites Cities to Host 'All-America Conversations'

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Posted: Tuesday, January 17, 2017 6:27 pm

DENVER, Colo. -- There's never been a more important time for communities across America to stand up for the values that make cities and towns strong: civility, humanity, trust, compassion, innovation and inclusiveness.

The National Civic League is challenging communities across the U.S. to hold "All-America Conversations" that will identify the small, specific actions that remind people that we can work together across dividing lines and help our communities reflect the best of what America can be.

The All-America Conversations initiative has three goals:

  1. Position cities as an increasingly important force for change
  2. Help communities identify people's aspirations for the future
  3. Recognize the divides locally and identify the actions we can take to give people confidence that we can work together across dividing lines to build stronger communities

The National Civic League invites everyone to come to the table and join cities like Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; New Britain, Conn.; Riverside, Calif.; Glastonbury, Conn.; and Dubuque, Iowa that have already pledged to hold conversations. To support interested communities, the National Civic League will be launching the All-America Conversations program with a step-by-step introduction and question-and-answer session on Monday, January 31.

This conversation will feature an overview for communities on how to start their All-America Conversations. Instructions on how to access the toolkit and assistance for communities will be provided during the call.

The National Civic League will provide communities with a toolkit that includes everything necessary to begin their own community conversation. The toolkit walks communities through:

  • How to identify whom to engage and how to recruit participants
  • Where to hold the conversations
  • How to set up the room
  • What questions to ask
  • How to select and prepare facilitators and note takers
  • How to adapt the conversation guide to different types of meetings

These conversations can be tailored to fit local needs and resources. In some cases, the National Civic League will provide assistance and coaching or, where possible, connect communities with local sources of assistance in conducting these meetings and implementing the action plans that follow.

SOURCE: National Civic League

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