Last month I attended a Community Conversation on Healing; some of you were there so feel free to comment. 🙂 The organizers have generated a brief summary and asks for help in taking the next step:
As mentioned previously, the topic is a hard sell, but when I dig into it I very much feel this is crucial in a larger scope. Adding to that challenge is an expectation that some kind of healing will come out of said Conversation. I am not quite certain that happened, per se, but I do think it was a good first step. Hence the “what next?” I think the attached document attempts to answer that question. And one of the acknowledged shortcomings of this particular approach is that no specific action items were identified before folks walked out the room – there is no accountability to take any future steps. On the one hand, it is quite uncomfortable to be held accountable (anyone not find this true?), on the other hand a Conversation cannot simply be check-in for a feel-good appointment. That is my personal feeling about it.
Since I am a “doer”, I look through the summary trying to find things I can do. And this is very difficult. “Find ways to help/educate people about how to address their issue”; “So much of the crime in our community is youth-driven; focus on listening to them”; “We need to achieve something concrete as a community to prove that we can make change”. And my favorite “Build community within schools”
I think we are kind of already doing this on individual, small scales. Is that enough? I have this gut feeling we need something more, but what? Perhaps a solid sense of direction for the people of the community, but then (and this is critical) a commitment on the part of the authorities (whomever they might be) to take this whole thing seriously and be willing to engage in the inefficiencies of working out relationships.