Folkways put out an open invitation to community members to participate in a community conversation on the issues and topics that were important to them. 45 attendees gathered at the public library to spend over 3 hours connecting and sharing their ideas for our community.
With the help of the Folkways team, Jerry Nagel from the Meadowlark Institute facilitated the conversations using a format called Open Space. This method allows for large groups to have impactful conversations where everyone has a chance to participate. In Open Space, any participants are invited to call their own topics to host a conversation.
17 different groups formed over two sessions with participants flowing in and out of the conversations of their choice. Each table’s host documented important notes from the conversation.