Session 1: 11 - 12:30
Convener: Marge Allende - firstname.lastname@example.org
Participants: Moses Boone, Bernard Brennan, Allan Brison, Randy Domina, Sara Kirschner, Estela Lopez, Meg Rudne, Theresa Burgher, Terry Hawles, Maria Tupper, Chris Zurcher, Ethan Drozd
Discussion and recommendations:
Discussion centered on ways to bring people together in mutually supportive, interactive ways.
Recommendations were numerous, some of which are as follows:
Developing a mutual aid culture
Establish a wide variety of exercise outlets that encourage community involvement (eg. grinding grain, biking, walking, gardening, mow lawn on own steam, sports related pick-up games, etc,) and find way to list meeting times and places so people have interactive choices
Find ways to increase awareness of outdoor places of "beauty" in one's own community
Start a Walker's Club and advertise it in the Advocate
Support development of mental health services that include both Western and Eastern types of "medicine" and "treatments"
Create "healthy spaces" (ie. places where people of all ages can gather with others who are looking for safe, interesting, educational, recreational, etc. activities and/or opportunities for interaction
Develop "Discover your city" activities
Find ways to cultivate community motivation to interact
Establish "Supper clubs" for the purpose of eating and talking together
Set up "Walking tours" (to learn about own community/ nature areas/ revisit familiar places and observe changes/ nature in general)
Find ways to encourage curiosity about information nature provides (eg. knowledge about birds could replace the need for a calendar - How? Come and find out)
Share skills - Tap into community "genius"
Get the Q House opened again
Promote block parties and intergenerational gatherings (paper airplane contests, pick-up games, dances hire local bands, pot lucks)
Advertise where/when activities are happening
Decrease isolation by emphasizing the importance of relationships to others and self