Community: Connect! events are a combination of networking, socializing, learning, cooperating, and making friends.  Using Open Space Technology and sharing circles as foundational tools, this event is uniquely designed by me out of the need to figure out a way of quickly helping people to cooperate and connect.

Open Space Technology (OST) is a method for organizing and running a meeting or multi-day conference, where participants have been invited in order to focus on a specific, important task or purpose. OST is a participant-driven process whose agenda is created by people attending.

History: Learn about the first Community: Connect! which I called a Community Gathering which happened in Fayetteville Arkansas in 2008

Interactive, creative, activity stations: Especially for introverts who have a harder time being spontaneous, the stations are an important part of Community: Connect! They can be integrated seamlessly into any gathering. As we experiment and grow, we are adding even more possibilities. Learn more here:

Presenters: People can sign up in advance to facilitate a very short workshop, teach a class, or guide a conversation. Here is an email that can be sent to them. You can also get a ore complete vision of how things work.

The Community: Connect! event is something anyone can learn how to facilitate using this blog.  You can build a sense of community in the following ways

  • build trust
  • connect diverse people
  • strengthen existing relationships
  • learn and teach life-giving skills that help people create lives that matter
  • create new connections
  • build a foundation for  lasting relationships
  • help people look at one another with love, respect, and as people with unsurpassable worth
  • support people in realizing their value

All of the above result in creating a sense of healthy community that can serve as a springboard for creating a foundation that supports:

  •  any organization
  • neighborhood groups
  • businesses that support positive solutions
  • coalition of leaders
  • faith based groups
  • teams that want to grow their members

Here are some event pages of successful Community: Connect! events:

May 2016  Community: Connect! at Omni Commons:  http://www.communify.in/oakland

August 2016 A Place for Sustainable Living: https://www.calcoho.org/ebcoho_cc_place_aug14

September 2018: Animal Rights Center in Berkeley