Facilitating Community Conversations

Engage walks alongside communities that are taking responsibility for their social and economic future. A few examples:

In October 2015, residents of Hubbards gathered to meet, network and talk about their future. The event, sponsored by Hubbards Area Business Association, was attended by over 40 residents, politicians, and business owners. When asked how people felt about their ability to have an impact in the province, 70 percent responded via interactive voting technology that they saw themselves as not only informed and willing but also able to make a lasting impact.

In cooperation with Cumberland County Life (CCL), we co-hosted a by-invitation symposium in March 2015 on how the private sector in that region can take concrete steps to strengthen their economy. In the summer of 2016, CCL has become a registered non-profit known as the Cumberland Business Connector Society with a purpose of acting as a  liaison between the business community and all levels of government to open the lines of communication and eliminate any gaps.

In February 2015, we led a seminar for the staff and Council of Municipality of the District of Barrington that helped them identify ways to engage citizens in forging new paths toward developing a shared vision and economic diversification in that region of the province.

In 2014, we worked with a local group of municipal and community leaders to design and deliver Engage Inverness County—a two-day conference that focused on how the people of that region can build a practice of coming together to tackle their economic and social challenges. Since then, they have hosted a successful, county-wide event, with about 120 people gathering to share, explore and learn about "the practice of community." The keynote, delivered by Rankin MacSween of New Dawn, closed with these words: "Our new narrative will be about hope, faith, justice, and fairness. It will call our children home."


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