Bring your best ideas for a vibrant Itasca area to the Grand Gathering
April 12, 2016 by Blandin Foundation
What can we do together to make the Itasca Area a vibrant, healthy and welcoming community for everyone?
This question will be at the center of the upcoming Itasca area Grand Gathering, a community-organized meeting that invites all community members to talk about issues and ideas important to them. Together, community members will work with one another to select ideas to discuss and create ways to move them to action.
This is the second Grand Gathering hosted by a group of community leaders who came together at an Art of Hosting training in 2014. Using the facilitation technique of Open Space, the first Grand Gathering brought together about 80 people. The question at hand: What is the future we want to create for ourselves? The conversation spurred action on many fronts, one being on building awareness around accessibility issues that led to MyrnaLee Mania (now MobilityMania), featured in the documentary Legacy and Leadership.
Still not quite sure? Here’s a bit more on what you can expect…
“You should plan to bring your ideas, your hopes and your heartfelt viewpoints for and about the Itasca Area,” said Kimberly Brink Smith, executive director of United Way of 1000 Lakes. “The afternoon’s event is planned to energize your thinking about the future, and your willingness to share them. Ideas gathered during the day may lead to new initiatives or better inform existing efforts.”
We hope to see you there!
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