Land, Water, and Communities: What is the Future of the Shore?
Sponsored by the Maryland Humanities Council and Institute for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement at Salisbury University
Monday October 22, 2012 5:00pm – 9:00pm
Guerrieri University Commons, Wicomico Room, Salisbury University - Salisbury, MD
This event served as an opportunity for a broad spectrum of people, including farmers, students, elected officals, enviromentalists, business owners, developers, to come together, build trust, and discover common ground ideas around the topic of land use and water quality on Maryland's Eastern Shore.
South Dorchester Community Conversation
Discovering how we can be good neighbors in good times and in bad
Sunday April 22, 2012 • 3:00 pm—6:30 pm
South Dorchester K-8 School - 3485 Golden Hill Rd., Church Creek, MD
UPDATE - ONE MONTH LATER...The event was a tremendous success! 85 people attended to listen to others and share their ideas for how to better meet the needs in the South Dorchester community. View pictures of the event and read an article by the Dorchester Star.
South Dorchester Good Neighbor Project meeting
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A Follow Up to the South Dorchester Community Conversation
Tuesday June 12, 2012
5:30 pm: Soup, salad, bread and dessert
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm: Formal Conversation
Old Trinity Church Parish Hall
During this meeting we'll decide how to take action on the common ground ideas that emerged from the conversations during the South Dorchester Community Conversation
Read the South Dorchester Community Conversation Final Report
Call or send an e-mail for more information: (410)221-7892- email@example.com
All costs of this program has been underwritten by the Jessie Ball DuPont Fund and the Good Neighbor Project of Old Trinity Church
South Dorchester County, MD is a sparsely populated rural gem on the Eastern Shore of Maryland bordered primarily by the Chesapeake Bay. In order for neighbors to connect many rely heavily on their churches, fire departments and post offices . In addition, the libraries, schools and sheriff's office in the region endeavor to reach out and support people in the community. However, many other regional services do not reach this area and while people in the community value self-sufficiency, there are services to which all are entitled. In addition, the community needs to be prepared for potential disasters, considering the area’s vulnerability to devastating floods.
Old Trinity believes it has a responsibility to play a leadership role in supporting the community and through the development of its Good Neighbor Project has attempted to reach out in the past with little success. Old Trinity seeks to be a catalyst to discover, with others, how we can make more connections and be good neighbors to one another in good times and in bad. As a new approach Old Trinity is working to bring together community and agency representatives using dialogue to brainstorm how we might be mutually supportive of community needs through the organizing and facilitation services of Sustainable Delmarva.
This "World Cafe" -style event will give the communities of South Dorchester County an opportunity to have important conversations and reveal common ground themes from which to work regarding meeting the needs of the region. It's not your ordinary meeting. It will include dinner, a festive atmosphere, and a chance for all attendees to speak from the heart and listen to others by answering three important questions. A committee made up a few dozen key people who live and serve in the South Dorchester communities will have met three times to plan for the April 22 event. The hope is that this event will serve as the start of important inititiaves and relationships that provide long term benefits for the community.
Chestertown World CaféA Conversation about the Future of Chestertown
Tuesday June 15, 2010 - Chestertown Fire Company, Chestertown, MD
UPDATE - May 22, 2012:
Since August 2010 the Kent County Diversity Dialogue group has met each month to continue the conversation in connection to the Chestertown World Cafe theme: "Cultural, social, and racial divisions block opportunities to completely realize a true sense of community."
The group meets the 2nd Monday of each month at 6:30pm at Bethel AME Church 237 College Ave. in Chestertown. Click HERE to see an informational flyer. Contact Jenn Hicks for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Read the Chestertown World Cafe Common Ground Themes and final report
Keep the Conversation Going: Visit the Chestertown World Cafe BLOG
Scenes from Chestertown's World Cafe
See more pictures on the Washington College website
See the June 16th Chestertown Spy article about the Chestertown World Cafe
See the June 3 Kent County News article about the Chestertown World Cafe.
Land, River, Culture, Community:
People of the Nanticoke Uniting for the Future
The Nanticoke visioning conference was held in Vienna, MD. The event brought together 40 - 50 people from Wicomico County and Dorchester County, Maryland, as well as, Sussex County, Delaware who represent various parts of the Nanticoke watershed including agriculture, public service, environmental conservation, tourism, business & industry, education, historical & cultural preservation, resource users, and civic groups to plan for the future of the region. The summary of the visioning conference provides an overview of the process and the conference outcomes. Contact email@example.com for the full visioning conference report.
The results of the conference will serve as the basis of a Nanticoke River watershed Green Infrastructure management plan that will be proposed to each of the three watershed counties for adoption. For more information about Nanticoke Green Infrastructure Initiative visit their webpage: http://nanticokeriver.org/creekwatcher/green-infrastructure-initiative/.
January 26, 2010 - Eastern Shore Community College, Melfa, VA
Accomack County hosted a World Café which was attended by over 200 members of the community. It was a kick off to an in-depth process that will result in a vision and action plan for the community. The major themes that emerged from the World Cafe will provide the focus for its next step: a Future Search conference to be held later in 2010. Read the DelmarvaNow.com news article about the Accomack County World Café meeting.
The Accomack County World Café final report can be found here.
If your community would like to plan a visioning process with Sustainable Delmarva please contact Jennifer Hicks at (443) 282-0801 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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Contact Jennifer Hicks by or by phone at (443) 282-0801.