Crowdsourced Conversations 2023 – A Forum Series
Returning in 2023: Crowdsourced Conversations – A Forum Series Curated by the People for the People.
Once again, FutureHeights and Friends are bringing you a conversation-based forum series that brings Heights residents together to talk about topics that matter to us all.
We received approximately 50 suggested topics for our CC’23 and after a month-long community-wide vote, we arrived at our Top 4!
2023 SERIES TOPICS & DATES:
#1: Our Public Schools
- the topic survey will run March 1-March 31
- the forum will take place on April 26 from 7pm-8:30pm in the cafeteria at Heights High School
#2: Traveling Around Town
- the topic survey will run May 1-May 31
- the forum will take place at the end of June (details TBD)
#3: Rental Properties & Absentee/Negligent Landlords
- the topic survey will run July 1-July 31
- the forum will take place at the end of August (details TBD)
#4: Planning and Development for the Heights
- the topic survey will run September 1-September 30
- the forum will take place at the end of October (details TBD)
HOW CROWDSOURCED CONVERSATIONS FLOWS:
Pre-event: Each forum will have a pre-survey that will be widely circulated through the Heights for approximately one month. After the survey closes, we will generate a report and we will also use the survey responses to formulate action-oriented discussion topics for forum night. Survey reports will be posted on our website in addition to being shared with community partners and event attendees.
Event day: During each forum, participants will enjoy the company of small breakout groups where, with the assistance of facilitators and notetakers, they will engage in dialogue around the evening’s topic. Discussion questions will be geared towards ways that participants can find something actionable they can do in regards to this topic they care so much about. After the small group discussion, we will reconvene as a group-at-large to share what ideas were generated.
Post-event: We recognize how huge the Crowdsourced Conversations topics are and would never presume we’d cover everything in one evening. So, with that in mind, we send each group their notes and any other handouts/resources that were presented during the forum — and we also invite the groups to stay in touch as well! We encourage participants to stay connected post-forum and hope they will return to their group for the next in the conversation series to keep the conversation flowing, build community connections, and continue to brainstorm actionable ideas. Additionally, each forum topic will have a resource page on our website that includes group-generated ideas, survey results, small group questions, and more! These resource pages will be co-created by all of our community partners, event participants, and others with expertise on the topic.
Program goal: We began this series in 2022 in response to feedback that so many community events are “all talk and no action or no follow through.” With Crowdsourced Conversations, we amplify participant voices and connect residents with one another to have action-oriented discussions. Sometimes a participant’s follow-up actions may be seemingly small (for instance, at one of our 2022 forums, a resident learned about and then downloaded the Access Cleveland Heights app — a game-changer for that individual!) or seemingly large (one volunteer-based group used both the survey findings and what came up in in the small group discussions as a means to create their programming for the rest of the year). While it’s true that some of the issues we want to see action on might be the responsibility of a larger entity, our hope is that participants can find something actionable that they feel empowered to do. After all, “everyday residents” hold immense potential to generate change in their community.
- View our resource pages here.
- Subscribe to the Heights Observer Weekly e-news so you get all updates about Crowdsourced Conversations, including when surveys are in-progress as well as updates about the forums themselves.
This forum series will be an opportunity to connect with other Heights residents about topics that impact us in a variety of overlapping ways. We hope you can join us for all four conversations! Any questions, connect with Sarah – firstname.lastname@example.org.
This forum series is being planned in partnership with FutureHeights Community & Civic Engagement Committee, Reaching Heights, CH-UH Libraries, Home Repair Resource Center, City of Cleveland Heights Racial Justice Task Force, Racial Inequity Repair Committee of Forest Hill Church, Cleveland Heights Green Team, representatives of Cleveland Heights City Council, and more. Thank you for the joy, wisdom, and enthusiasm you bring to the table!