A Small Group-Butler County

Partnering with Sarah Woiteshek of Miami University-Hamilton Center for Civic Engagement and Kathleen Klinke, Hamilton City Councilwoman & former Chair of Sense of Place Committee, we hosted the first A Small Group-Butler County gathering on February 26 at 6pm-7:30pm. 

 This is the invitation:

 Change the Conversation, Change Your World

What could happen if, instead of complaining about the problems of the past and the current deficiencies of your community, you and your neighbors focused on possibilities for the future and the assets of the residents? What are the conversations you could have that would generate ideas that inspire you and call you to take actions that would transform your community?

For several months, we met and discussed ways to bring citizens together to have conversations that matter, conversations that explore the issues that have meaning to them.

Now, we invite you to join us and experience a unique approach to conversation, community and change that does just that. In this introductory event — based on the book, “Community: The Structure of Belonging”, by organizational consultant Peter Block — you will explore conversations that create a future distinct from the past. You will experience powerful, engaging conversations that encourage ownership, commitment, and accountability in any setting. 

Who We Are:

• Eric and Elaine Hansen, Social Architects of conversations that matter at Hansen Resource  Development, practitioners of A Small Group Conversations since 2003
• Sarah Woiteshek, Director for Center for Civic Engagement at Miami Hamilton

When: 3rd Friday of the month at 4:30-6:00pm*

Where: Miami Hamilton Downtown Center, 221 High Street. Parking in the back in the Key Bank lot or 2 hour free parking on the street. 

Cost: This gathering is open to the public and offered at no fee other than your time, energy, and good will. No additional commitment is required. Refreshments and good company provided. 

Context:
– To learn more about the conversations in practice, visit A Small Group online  
– To Learn more about our facilitators, Elaine and Eric go here
– To learn more about Peter Block’s book, “Community: The Structure of Belonging” see Scott London’s review 

Questions: Contact Sarah Woiteshek at woitesse@miamioh.edu or Elaine Hansen at elaine@hansen-rd.com. 

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead

The Journal article:  http://www.journal-news.com/news/news/local/work-by-sense-of-place-groups-takes-root/nWR9D/

Remaining scheduled dates in 2013 are: July 19, August 16, September 20, October 18, and November 15.