Local Communities

​Civic reflection is an effective tool for building community not only among people who do common civic work, but among community members who may not otherwise get to see or hear from one another. The Center for Civic Reflection increasingly offers public discussions, giving community members an opportunity to talk meaningfully across difference, think more deeply about their choices, and respond more imaginatively to the needs of their communities.

CIVIC REFLECTION IN LOCAL COMMUNITIES
CIVIC REFLECTION IN LOCAL COMMUNITIES

Benefits:

  • Opportunity to convene people from different communities, neighborhoods, and backgrounds who may not gather around on a table on their own and get them talking about issues of public concern
  • Greater awareness and understanding of ideas and perspectives other than one’s own
  • Increase in collaboration -- these discussions often serve as a way for people from different communities and sectors to meet one another and develop ideas about how to work together in the future

View impact case studies that detail CCR's work with local communities and public discussion participants.

What People Are Saying

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You’re pulling community members into one room who may never meet and talk. I think just providing the space and structure for conversation is the most worthwhile

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--WBEZ Race Out Loud Discussion Participant

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It was great to hear the perspective of other stakeholders -- especially the students.

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--Teaching, Learning, and Power Community Discussion Participant

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[Most worthwhile was:] Hearing new perspectives and meeting new people. Being forced to question the choices I’ve made about community, identity, etc

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--WBEZ Race Out Loud Discussion Participant