On a single day, Sunday, July 30, 2017, you'll be part of an exciting region-wide initiative to explore the ways in which we have power to connect and communicate, in order to make our communities stronger, safer and more dynamic.
While we know that there's no "quick fix " to the issues facing our region, progress will result from residents and organizations working together to make contributions that add up to a greater civic movement that helps unite the place we call home.
Common Ground is the forum for those conversations to take place.
What happens next is up to you.
We have created a guide to help you host a Common Ground conversation that is inclusive, engaging and challenges your guests to find their common ground. Use our proposed sample questions in this guide, or use as a template to create your own.
Sunday, July 30, 2017. Common Ground events will take place on this day during mealtime conversations – breakfast, lunch, dinner and in-between. Host at the place and time of your choice – the details are totally up to you, including the meal. Food brings people together, so make a full meal, have a potluck or just serve snacks and coffee.
The invite list is up to you. If you’re unsure, start with people you know – friends, family, colleagues and neighbors. We encourage you to expand your circle. Consider reaching out to the larger community by co-hosting your event with a local church or nonprofit. Ask your guests to bring a friend, or invite people from your network that don’t already know each other.
Eight to 12 guests per table is ideal. Common Ground is about giving everyone a chance to speak and be heard. If you want to host a larger gathering, consider breaking into smaller groups and allowing time for each to discuss and report out to the larger group.
• Encourage everyone to participate.
• Invite guests to follow-up and expand on ideas.
• Share your photos, videos and stories on July 30 using the hashtag #CommonGroundCLE on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
• Call Common Ground at 216.615.7253 if you have any questions.
• Micromanage the conversation, let it flow freely.
• Be judgmental or dismissive of any person’s comments or ideas.
• Promote argument or unproductive debate.
• Be afraid to ask if you have questions on July 30 – we are ready to help.