On a single day, you can be a part of an exciting region-wide initiative to explore our community’s power to communicate and connect in order to build a stronger, safer and more dynamic home. Common Ground creates a network of community conversations where residents can meet, share a meal, connect and discuss our 2019 theme:
My environment was…
My environment is…
My environment will be…
The future of Cleveland’s economy is the topic of “Cleveland Rising: Accelerating Economic Growth, Equity and Opportunity,” an economic development summit this year or next that will use appreciative inquiry to develop big ideas.
Our surroundings shape who we are as individuals. They influence our collective identity. Whether it is our built environment of homes and streets, our social or cultural environment in which we were raised, or the natural environment that surrounds us all, the world around us impacts us deeply.
This summer, Common Ground will bring the community together to discuss this impact — past, present, future. How has your environment changed? How is it better? How can we work together to keep improving?
When is it?
Common Ground will take place on Sunday, June 30, 2019. Hosts can plan their mealtime conversation for any time during the day that works for them. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, or anything in between – the choice is yours!
Who should participate?
Any Cuyahoga, Lake, or Geauga County resident who cares about the future of our community and wants to be a part of a forward-looking conversation.
Where will it happen?
Common Ground conversations can be held in any location. Previous events have been held in homes, parks, churches, and libraries. Locations can be private, or registration can be open to the public. Registration tools will be provided by the Cleveland Foundation.
What is Common Ground?
Common Ground is a day of community conversation. United by a common question, all Common Ground conversations have the same goal: to create spaces where meaningful connections are made and purposeful actions begin. For more information, check out our FAQ.
How can I participate?
Residents can get involved in Common Ground by hosting a conversation or participating in one or more on June 30. Registration, conversation facilitation, and promotional support will be provided to all Common Ground hosts, but registration is required. You can download a copy of our 2019 Host Guide here.