The Committee to Elect Connie Henry held the first Listening Session for District D residents on July 19th.
Connie Henry, a candidate for Town Councilor, District D, values the opportunity to learn and listen from as many residents as possible early in the campaign and to provide a space for dialogue between neighbors. The event used a ‘World Cafe’ model with each of four stations (backyard tables!) focused on important topics: Development and Traffic, Green Spaces and the Environment, Education and Public Safety, and Equity, Inclusion and Communication.
As they visited each station, participants generated ideas, concerns, and hopes and discussed them with one another, writing and drawing on large poster boards. It was a productive -and fun- evening. A participant noted,”I enjoyed the World Cafe style which got us to engage in different topics for short periods. It felt perfectly timed and interactive.”
At the closing summary, Henry stated how much she learned and thanked everyone for their ideas and input, stating “People love living in Watertown, and these conversations help us realize our potential as a community.”