What are “Community Conversations”?
Clear Vision Eau Claire is sponsoring a series of small group conversations across Eau Claire County about what’s important to you. Your opinion is critical to help shape efforts for building a vibrant future for our communities. These “community conversations” will use the “values house meeting” (see Page 8 of the Clear Vision Toolkit) approach to small group public conversations. These are structured conversations through which participants will identify civic values and discuss strategies for civic vitality. Results of these conversations will be summarized on the Clear Vision website and used by Clear Vision in planning a major 2015 community wide visioning initiative.
Where and when are the “Community Conversations”?
“Clear Vision: Continuing the Conversation” Dates and Locations
*note that the date and time for the L.E. Phillips Senior Center have been changed to 1-3 p.m. on Tuesday, October 28th*
To schedule your own small group conversations, contact Don Mowry, Chair, Clear Vision Eau Claire (715-836-4435 (day)/715-875-4206 (evening))
From UW-Eau Claire: What are your hopes for the future? What are you concerned about? Do you see ways we could improve UW-Eau Claire and the Eau Claire community together? On November 5th you’ll have the chance to come and discuss your personal values and your view of our community’s future in a safe and welcoming space. If you want to participate and help change the UWEC campus community for the better and voice your hopes for the future of this campus, and the direction our campus community goes, come to Centennial Hall 2920 at 7:00PM November 5th. Have any questions regarding the event? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Let’s help UW-Eau Claire become a better place, together.
What’s the background to “Continuing the Conversation”?
In June 2007, the City of Eau Claire collaborated with area governments, school institutions and civil society organizations to sponsor a countywide visioning process that attracted over 200 participants during the 10-month planning process. Partnering with the National Civic League and the Humphrey Institute Center for Democracy and Citizenship, community stakeholders prepared a 2008 Community Report and Plan with 125 action strategies for six key community performance areas: civic engagement, economic development, health, quality of life, education, and transportation. Common to all the key performance areas are the twin concepts of building civic problem solving skills and embedding collaboration among community governments, organizations and institutions.
Building on the realization that strong democracies begin with the conversations citizens have about the common good and the choices they make about the kind of community they want, Clear Vision Eau Claire Inc. was incorporated 2010 as a 501(c) 3 nonprofit corporation with a mission to engage all members of the greater Eau Claire community in active citizenship and collaborative conversations about the common good. Over the past four years, Clear Vision has convened and trained more than 250 community members to address a broad range of community concerns including:
- Jobs for the underemployed
- Quality of life community activities
- Environmental stewardship and sustainability
- Food security and community gardens
- Regional transit
- Jobs for underemployed
- Treatment instead of incarceration – Community Day
- Public parks funding
- Collaborative education
- Community performing arts facilities (Confluence Project)
- Fairfax Pool capital project funding
- County Exposition Center future
- Homeless shelter – Sojourner House
- Mental health