Thanks for all who attended and took part in our National Convening!
We are excited to share all of the lessons, photos, and videos from our recent national convening in the coming weeks.
Highlights included photojournalist John Nolter, who created protraits of participants including their answer to the question, "What is the challenge and opportunity in talking about race at this point in history?" Above is Noltner's portrait of speaker Tracie Keesee. A brief video with all of Noltner's portraits from the event is here.
Everyday Democracy also released community test versions of a new discussion guide, "Policing, Race, and Community Safety: A Guide to Bridging Divides and Working Together." Participants had the opportunity to sign up to receive an electronic copy of the guide, or to discuss working with Everyday Democracy to pilot the guide in their communities. If you are interested in either, contact email@example.com.
Finally, artist Ellen Lovelidge, right, was on hand, to produce graphic recordings of many of the small and large group discussions.
People from all backgrounds, geographic areas, and sectors who are passionate about creating equitable communities came together for three days of plenary speakers, small group discussions, organizing, strategizing, and evening entertainment. Participants came from 35 states and included longtime Everyday Democracy partners as well as many leaders and organizations that are new to our process.
Martha McCoy, Everyday Democracy’s Executive Director, shared this quote by Roberto Vargas, a community activist and Chicago ceremonial leader, whose quote about a gathering he was part of reminded her of "The Moment is Now":
“The gathering included indigenous people, African Americans, Asian Americans, Latinos, and European Americans; artists, corporate consultants, community activists, entertainers, ministers, political representatives, and labor organizers; Christians, Buddhists, Jews, Muslims, pagans and persons who are simply spiritual; youth and elders; gays and straights. The only characteristic these people shared was a history of extraordinary dedication to the common good.”
Participant Vilmarie Sanchez, of the University of New Hampshire, had this to say:
"The Convening was so thoughtful and intentional, the whole program and experience. I am really busy, but I am so glad I made the time to do it. I knew I would learn a lot and it was even better than I imagined.
"I have been doing dialogue work with New Hampshire Listens, an Anchor Partner of Everyday Democracy, for about eight years. This Conference really made me realize how we are on a voyage together and how we strengthen, complement and inform each other. I was able to to experience and learn more about dialogue, which can be uncomfortable but necessary for progress and change. Some of the dialogue was so moving. You hear a lot of stories, on facebook and on-line, but it’s different face to face.
"…The Convening made it more clear how Everyday Democracy brings together so many necessary and important elements. I feel very supported and welcomed in the process. The work of Everyday Democracy and New Hampshire Listens reaches far beyond a conference or a community – it reaches into our homes and our hearts, we can share and educate each other.
"I was moved and inspired and I want more."
More photos and information coming soon! Download the full convening program for detailed information about sessions and speakers.
Highlights from our last convening: