About Vital Conversations
The Community Foundation uses Vital Signs to understand Peterborough, recognize our community’s strengths and identify where we need to make changes. The information in Vital Signs
paints a picture of where we are as a community, but it’s up to us to figure out where we should go from here. As we continue to build our understanding of Peterborough, we must engage in the more challenging – but exciting – task of deciding who we want to be, and what we need to do, together, to get there.
More than 700 people had Vital Conversations in October
During the month of October 2017, more than 100 Vital Conversations brought friends and neighbours together in the Peterborough region to share a meal and a conversation about Greater Peterborough’s Vital Signs. Everyday people stepped up as leaders to invite the guests, plan the meal and host the conversation using the Vital Conversations Card Game, a tool designed to guide interesting discussions where you share perspectives, ask hard questions and make suggestions for building a stronger community.
More than 700 people brought Vital Conversations to life in the Peterborough area, with participants from across the region, including Curve Lake First Nation, Apsley, Douro, Lakefield, Ennismore, Otonabee, Indian River, Buckhorn and the City of Peterborough. People of all ages took part, from teenagers to octogenarians, representing the diversity of the community and including people of different abilities, those living on low-incomes, individuals identifying as LGBTTQ2+, newcomers, immigrants, and different faith groups.
Every conversation identified actions we can take today to build a better future for Peterborough and generated thoughtful, creative ideas for strengthening our community. The Community Foundation will be gathering all of those ideas and sharing them with community members and local leaders in the new year. The feedback will also help inform the Foundation’s grants to local charities in 2018.
Thank you to all of the individuals who stepped up in October to build a stronger community through Vital Conversations.
We have so much to celebrate in our community, and yes, we have work to do. We’re not always going to agree on the best way forward. But if we can start with the one thing we have in common – our shared love for this community – then we can begin to find ways to work together, through our differences, for the good of community. We hope that Vital Conversations is the start of more meaningful and productive approaches to debates and decision making in Peterborough. We know that it starts with all of us, with our connection to this place and our relationships to one another; we are the ones who set the tone in our public realm, who raise the bar for our elected leaders, who lead the way when change is needed and who celebrate together when things are good.Get Your Host Kit
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