Join Us For Community Conversations

October 16th, 2014

A community conversation mad lib shows the goal of these discussions.Interested in discussing the needs of Bucks County with an organization dedicated to meeting those needs? You’re in luck!

United Way of Bucks County is hosting three Community Conversations at Chandler Hall, 99 Barclay St., Newtown, PA 18940 on Thursday, October 30. The conversations will run concurrently between 2 PM and 4 PM.

Each conversation will focus on one of the pillars of a good life: education, income, or health. The conversations are among several that United Way is having throughout the county.

Listening & Learning

Using a guide developed by the Harwood Institute for Public Innovation, the conversations aim to identify the participants’ goals as well as the issues and concerns they have about their communities.

“This format is designed to help us learn about what really matters to residents of Bucks County,” said Candi Guerrero, one of the conversation facilitators. She continued, “The conversations are focused on listening and learning. We want to gain a deeper understanding of the needs and assets in Lower, Central, and Upper Bucks.”

The Value of Public Knowledge

A team of UW Bucks staff, trained in the Harwood model, are using the conversations to expand the organization’s reach into more communities. The goal is to give more people a voice in the dialogue about issues in Bucks County.

Guerrero added, “we want to hear from a wide range of community members. We want to know what they care about and what they would like to see in their communities. This public knowledge has incredible and unique value in helping to identify common goals and ways to achieve them.”

The team will use the public knowledge gathered from the conversations to root and steer the organization’s work in education, income, and health and to deepen the impact of programs and services throughout the county.

If you are interested in participating in one of the three conversations on October 30, please contact Matt Uhler at mattu@uwbucks.org .

To learn more about the community conversation process, check out our Comcast Newsmakers segment:

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