|A Community Conversation
Thursday, June 7th 6:30pm - 9:30pm
"The Park Place" Miles City, MT
You are cordially invited to participate in a Community Conversation about the social and cultural impact of the energy boom in Eastern Montana. The Miles City Public Library with a grant from Humanities Montana will host an event that will bring together area residents, leaders, community planners, elected officials, energy developers, business owners, conservationists, and human resource providers directly affected by the influx of population in Eastern Montana. The interaction time will be short (three hours), and thought-provoking, with the intent of creating friendships, knowledge, understanding, and open dialogue to encourage ongoing relationships, discussions, comprehensive planning, and long range goals pertinent to our communities.
We will use a conversation technique called "Gracious Space" developed by the Center for Ethical Leadership. Our large group will be divided into smaller round table groups with trained discussion coordinators. This technique provides a means for open communication and participation by allowing the voice of each person at the table to be heard, then drawing a general consensus from the table to be shared with the entire group at the end of our small table discussions.
We are hoping that you will choose to participate in our event, or choose someone to represent you at the event. Your input is important to the community process, and we value the many facets community conversations can provide. An honest conversation from both personal and public perspectives can enlighten all of us regarding future transitions. Maintaining our culture, civic responsibilities, and ethical principles during a time of transitional economic growth and development can be extremely difficult. Encouraging a method for community dialogues that are relevant and productive can promoting equitable resolutions can stimulate positive human development.
We sincerely hope you will choose to start this process of community dialogues with us! Please RSVP by June 1, 2012. email: swoods(AT)midrivers.com or call the Library at (406)234-1496.
Thank you very much for your consideration.
On behalf of the Miles City Public Library & Trustees,
Sonja Woods, Director
Betty Lou Berger, Trustee Chairman
|This should be very interesting. Hope there is a good turnout! An opportunity for input if you want to be involved and have ideas. Thanks.
|This is a great opportunity for you to put some thoughts and ideas into the mix for consideration. Should be an interesting time and we are so lucky to have the opportunity. Hope you will call and sign up.
|Here is some very helpful information on the conversation technique that will be used. I really like the story about "running toward the roar" near the end of this video clip.