Building Cultural Capital in Fergus Falls
Attending the Rural Arts and Culture Summit June 8 – 11 in Fergus Falls? InCommons will be conducting the breakout session “Hosting Courageous Collaborative Conversations with Multi-Stakeholder Groups” on Thursday, June 9, at 12:45 p.m.
The session will be a capacity building conversation hosted by Art of Hosting Facilitators to explore a question(s) similar to, “How do you design and host Courageous collaborative conversations with multi-stakeholder groups that find common ground and innovation for solutions?” Participants will learn how to design and host: Circle, World Café and Harvest by taking part in those practices through discussing the questions. At the conclusion of each discussion, the hosts will explain how each discussion was designed, how the questions were determined, why the set-up was chosen, etc. Participants can ask questions, share learning, and clarify how the design and hosting of the practice may help in their work. Also, we will discuss how all the elements in the design come together to create the conditions for breakthroughs with multi-sector stakeholder groups, and how to capture the ideas for next step actions.
In taking part in these discussions, participants will share their own successes and challenges in hosting multi-stakeholder conversations with each other to learn and build relationships with each other. The learnings from each session will be harvested and shared with everyone after the conference through InCommons.org where the discussion can continue and connections with each other can be made for further gatherings and co-learning.
The session’s topic folds well with the summit’s overall theme: Building Cultural Capital: Connecting Rural Arts, Culture, Heritage Through Education, Exchange, Critical Dialogue and Celebration. As this conference addresses the need (and opportunity) for groups to work collaboratively in areas other than large, urban communities. It’s found in small towns and rural regions. This conference is committed “to further developing the richness of life in rural America.”
We hope to see you there, and we hope you can participate.
Either way, we encourage you to share your thoughts: How can rural communities throughout the state and region collaborate to build stronger communities, and what issues are most important they address right away?