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Opening Dialog – World Cafe 2:00 pm
Opening Dialog – World Cafe
Jan 7 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
This World Cafe event on Saturday will be our first deep dive into the convening question: How can we organize a community that works together to maximize compassion, empowerment, agency and responsibility for the common good? To help[...]
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Opening Dialog – Open Space 2:00 pm
Opening Dialog – Open Space
Jan 8 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
This Open Space event on Saturday will continue exploring the convening question: How can we organize a community that works together to maximize compassion, empowerment, agency and responsibility for the common good? To help build organizing capacity, we’ll[...]
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Health Care Questions and Concerns about the Affordable Care Act and Alternatives 2:00 pm
Health Care Questions and Concerns about the Affordable Care Act and Alternatives @ The Salon
Jan 15 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Health Care Questions and Concerns about the Affordable Care Act and Alternatives @ The Salon
Questions and Concerns about the Affordable Care Act and Alternatives Please join us Sunday, January 15 from 2 to 4pm for a cafe-style conversation about potential changes to health care and insurance during this time[...]
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Dialogue: The Challenge of Crossing Divides 9:00 am
Dialogue: The Challenge of Crossing Divides @ The Salon
Jan 28 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Dialogue: The Challenge of Crossing Divides @ The Salon
Our country is currently experiencing what feels like for many a deepening and widening of social and political divides.  The effects for these divisions are being experienced within and between individuals and groups at all[...]
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Exploring Goshen’s Third Side: “When spider webs unite, they can halt even the lion” 2:00 pm
Exploring Goshen’s Third Side: “When spider webs unite, they can halt even the lion” @ The Salon
Jan 29 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Exploring Goshen's Third Side:  "When spider webs unite, they can halt even the lion” @ The Salon
Building on Saturday’s workshop on Dialogue, Philip Thomas will facilitate a workshop in which participants will explore together creative ways of promoting and strengthening the following core principles and values that many residents of Goshen[...]
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Opening Dialog – World Cafe
Jan 7 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

This World Cafe event on Saturday will be our first deep dive into the convening question:

How can we organize a community that works together to maximize compassion, empowerment, agency and responsibility for the common good?

To help build organizing capacity, we’ll model a social technology designed for connection, dialogue, and action.  World Cafe consists of facilitated, rotating small group dialogs to explore specific questions for sharing and reflection.  The goal will be to build understanding and cohesion around key issues, needs, and opportunities affecting our community following the election.  More information on the World Cafe methodology can be found here.

(The modified Open Space on Sunday will be much less structured by comparison and more focused on next steps towards action).  Combined, the intent for these two events is to inform and catalyze further activities in the Salon over the rest of the month.  In addition to connecting with potential collaborators, the Community Resilience Guild will provide access to the Salon and help with facilitation and promotion as needed.

Anyone is welcome to attend this free event, as long they maintain principles of mutual respect, compassion, civic engagement and social justice.  Space is limited to 40 people on Saturday, so please RSVP to info@civicsalon.com.  The events events are designed to complement each other, so attending both is encouraged, but not required.

Let us know if you have questions or would like to help out.

The Salon is located at 213 S Main St – enter from the west entrance on the parking lot off 3rd St, between the entrances to Better World Books and the Back Alley Brewery and Art House.

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Opening Dialog – Open Space
Jan 8 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

This Open Space event on Saturday will continue exploring the convening question:

How can we organize a community that works together to maximize compassion, empowerment, agency and responsibility for the common good?

To help build organizing capacity, we’ll model this social technology designed for connection, dialogue, and action.  The modified Open Space on Sunday will be much less structured than Saturday’s World Cafe.  Attendees will be invited to consider what needs to happen leading up to the inauguration and lead with questions and ideas for feedback.  The goal will be to identify and support action that can be incubated and initiated through the pop-up space.  More information on the Open Space methodology can be found here.

Combined, the intent for the World Cafe and Open Space events is to inform and catalyze further activities in the Salon over the rest of the month.  In addition to connecting with potential collaborators, the Community Resilience Guild will provide access to the Salon and help with facilitation and promotion as needed.

Anyone is welcome to attend this free event, as long they maintain principles of mutual respect, compassion, civic engagement and social justice.  Space is limited to 60 people on Sunday, so please RSVP to info@civicsalon.com.  The events are designed to complement each other, so attending both is encouraged, but not required.

Let us know if you have questions or would like to help out.

The Salon is located at 213 S Main St – enter from the west entrance on the parking lot off 3rd St, between the entrances to Better World Books and the Back Alley Brewery and Art House.

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Health Care Questions and Concerns about the Affordable Care Act and Alternatives @ The Salon
Jan 15 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Health Care Questions and Concerns about the Affordable Care Act and Alternatives @ The Salon

Questions and Concerns about the Affordable Care Act and Alternatives

Please join us Sunday, January 15 from 2 to 4pm for a cafe-style conversation about potential changes to health care and insurance during this time of political transition. The goal will be to build a deeper shared understanding of the values and perspectives that need to be accounted for, and to identify questions that participants have about the ACA or possible alternatives. The intent is to present these questions to experts who can provide us with facts and information on the questions at a later date.

Anyone willing to embrace principles of respectful communication is welcome to attend this free event.

The conversation will be hosted at the Civic Salon, located at 213 S Main St – enter from the alley (west) entrance on the parking lot off 3rd St, between the entrances to Better World Books and to Back Alley Brewery and Art House (civicsalon.com).

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Dialogue: The Challenge of Crossing Divides @ The Salon
Jan 28 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Dialogue: The Challenge of Crossing Divides @ The Salon
Our country is currently experiencing what feels like for many a deepening and widening of social and political divides.  The effects for these divisions are being experienced within and between individuals and groups at all levels — in our families, our schools, and other institutions, across our communities, states and country.   It is becoming increasingly more difficult for good, well-intentioned people coming from different backgrounds, experiences and perspectives to  communicate across differences in ways that enable understanding rather than misunderstanding, tolerance rather than intolerance, hope rather than cynicism.
In this workshop, Philip Thomas, born and raised in Goshen, will be introducing dialogue and the importance of taking a “dialogic approach” to bridge the divides that separate us in our community and to enable more inclusive ways for addressing the challenges we must face together.  This workshop will focus on the following questions:
  • What is dialogue and why is it important?
  • When is it needed?   If not possible, what alternatives do we have?
  • What are the conditions and process considerations for achieving effective results?
  • What are some examples of innovative methodologies that could be relevant for local use?
Philip Thomas has spent the last 25 years supporting change processes in a number of highly polarized contexts across the globe (over 20 countries spanning 5 continents).  Much of his work has focused on helping create the conditions for enabling divided war-torn societies to work together on reconstructing the social fabric through long-term dialogue processes.   Together with his colleague, Bettye Pruitt, he wrote the book Democratic Dialogue: A Handbook for Practitioners, a joint publication of the United Nations and the Organization of American States.  This book is available in five different languages and can be downloaded at no cost on his website d3associates.net.
This workshop is free and open to anyone interested.    We would appreciate RSVP in order to have a sense of how many will be participating.
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Exploring Goshen’s Third Side: “When spider webs unite, they can halt even the lion” @ The Salon
Jan 29 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Exploring Goshen's Third Side:  "When spider webs unite, they can halt even the lion” @ The Salon

Building on Saturday’s workshop on Dialogue, Philip Thomas will facilitate a workshop in which participants will explore together creative ways of promoting and strengthening the following core principles and values that many residents of Goshen have affirmed through the work of the Community Relations Commission in 2009:

  • Respect for each other and respect for each other’s rights
  • Open communication and engagement
  • Honesty
    A safe community
  • Acceptance that change has positive and negative consequences
  • Tolerance of differences
  • Support for equality and freedom from discrimination

In social change processes, there are often many different roles that are required to effectively achieve lasting change. In this facilitated forum, Philip will present a short video and overview of the concept of “the third side” developed in the fields of peace building and conflict transformation. This then will be used as an orienting framework for participants to engage in brainstorming and planning potential strategies for continuing to ensure Goshen remains a community known for its capacity to preserve unity while respecting its rich diversity through the practices of tolerance, hospitality, equity and dialogue.