Group Invites Public to Learn About Effort to Create an Effective Dialogue on Issues Facing the Community

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The organizers of a new effort to have creating effective community dialogue about some of the more difficult issues that face Watertown will host an informational evening on what Community Conversations are about. 

The session builds on successful programs in use by cities and towns nationwide to help community leaders, residents, and other stakeholders engage with one another in inclusive ways that lead to more widely supported decisions, according to the announcement.

• Learn about what other communities are doing;

• Experience effective methods of engaging in dialogue about complex, emerging or controversial local issues;

• Identify interest in promoting more effective dialogue in our community.

• Identify topics and issues in our community that may benefit from such community discussions.

The Community Conversations group met with about 25 community leaders last year, and now have received funding from the Watertown Community Foundation to run the program in Watertown, said former Town Councilor Cecilia Lenk, who is working with the group.

The group will hold another program focusing on Facilitator Training in the late spring or early fall, Lenk said.

The event will be on Wednesday, March 14 at the Watertown Public Library in the Watertown Savings Bank Room

Program: 6:30-8:30 p.m. and Light dinner at 6:00 p.m.

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