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In 2017, the Westchester Library System launched a community conversation series intended to gather perspectives from across the Westchester community. The program evolved quickly thanks to partner opportunities and community need during the pandemic. Work included an exploration of criminal justice reform, education on trauma and resilience, and health and wellness services during the pandemic.
In Fall 2022 we areturned to our original intent and held small group community conversatons (in personand o n Zoom) to gain perspective from clients of our outreach programs, specifically those served by our services directed toward older adults.
Our model for community conversation is based on the work of the Harwood Institute, which is the go-to place for people and organizations looking for ways to fight against the negative conditions stifling progress in society. Tools from The Harwood Institute have been used by many communities to change the conversation and move forward to shared action. A sample of The Harwood Institute’s tools is posted below. For a deeper dive, explore their website, which includes case studies, podcasts, and links to more information and inspiration for change. We higly recommend that you read the free (downloadable) repoprt “Civic Virus: Why Polarization is a Misdiagnosis.”
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