SRQ Connects World Cafe April 28, 2011


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Photo Souvenir album of the first of a series of World Cafe conversations hosted by SRQ Connects. More than 60 people attended, all of whom share a common goal which is to build a strong cross-cultural and diverse community in Sarasota.

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SRQ Connects World Cafe April 28, 2011

  1. 1. Contemporary Photo Album<br />Our Souvenir World Café Photo Album April 28, 2011 <br />
  2. 2. We imagined a magical evening of multi-cultural conversations and it happened because of all of YOU! <br />Thank you everyonefor making our premiere event so very special. <br />Thank you also to our Sponsors:<br /><ul><li>Girls Inc.
  3. 3. G.Wiz - The Science Museum
  4. 4. Habitat for Humanity
  5. 5.  Local Coffee Sarasota</li></ul>And to our leading Event Host<br /><ul><li>The Sarasota Partnership for Children's Mental Health</li></li></ul><li>WELCOME<br />As you pass through this door, specially created for our “SRQ Connects” World Café, pause for a moment toadmire the art.<br /> For us, Art, in all its forms, is a big part of the essence of what Community is all about.<br />We hope you will enjoythis photo journey as a special memory of our time together!<br />
  6. 6. Our host team of volunteers prepares for the arrival of our guests….more than 60 registered!<br />
  7. 7. Creating Community with our Next Generation!<br />
  8. 8. World Café EtiquetteSpeaking and Listening together<br />
  9. 9. Marilyn explains the tradition of the talking piece<br />Anne gently tests the bellsOur conversations will soon begin… <br />
  10. 10. Listening<br />Talking <br />Recording <br />
  11. 11. Why am I here?<br />Verbatim comments from participants using their summary notes<br /><ul><li>Interaction between community members
  12. 12. Support change
  13. 13. To represent those who don’t have the ability to have a say
  14. 14. Support Anne
  15. 15. Hopefully World Cafes become the community’s baby
  16. 16. Meet people, learn about community
  17. 17. Wasn’t sure what meeting was about, thought emphasis was on some type of diversity
  18. 18. I was interested in the word conversation and community – finding out what is going on in the community
  19. 19. Interested in diversity and how we see disparities played out in the community
  20. 20. Interested in what people thought the issues are in relation to Mental Health and the economic disparities and the diversity
  21. 21. Like-minded people talking about Sarasota’s concerns
  22. 22. Getting out in the community
  23. 23. Balance: age, genders, race, etc.</li></li></ul><li>What challenges me….<br /><ul><li>There is a great need for integration between different groups of community, promoting more than the ARTS. There is a great gap between age groups
  24. 24. Challenge ourselves to reach out and get out of our comfort zone by taking actions towards integration and community
  25. 25. Overarching themes: Social Conditioning, Labels, Formal/Informal Structures/Desire for common ground
  26. 26. Common spaces/social policies
  27. 27. Size of group matters, perceptions, cost/opportunity/history repeats
  28. 28. Proposed solutions: sincerely focusing on the positive aspects of another’s position
  29. 29. Obstacle to diversity: community for some, not for others
  30. 30. Affiliation: another does not share one’s view
  31. 31. Curiosity, genuine interest in another’s life: What personality type will allow for this?
  32. 32. Time/Invisibility: What other factors are at play?
  33. 33. Can we really eliminate the prejudices that divide natural communities?
  34. 34. Achieving balance: possible? Interconnected communities via social class, proximity/environment
  35. 35. Can get ingrained in your part of town, work
  36. 36. Unawareness of each other that’s present here
  37. 37. Some people want community of shared interests; some want diversity of experience to have interaction</li></li></ul><li>On the Picture Tools | Format tab, you can create your own frames and make picture corrections such as adjusting contrast and brightness or cropping the picture for just the right look.<br />Emergence is happening here<br />
  38. 38. Smiles and laughter sprinkle our conversations!<br />
  39. 39.
  40. 40. Words and Drawings<br />
  41. 41. A Story of Community<br />
  42. 42. What does a diverse community mean to me?<br /><ul><li>Wants more diversity, finds Sarasota segregated, stuck in a time warp
  43. 43. Respect the fundamental humanity of others, appreciate the gifts that everybody brings to the table
  44. 44. Looking beyond diversity as race etc. also space/nature
  45. 45. I experience the close mindedness, particularly in the mall. Teach diversity in schools
  46. 46. Subdivisions, geographic representation of our mindset
  47. 47. IN a perfect world, no diversity as concept but as reality
  48. 48. From despair to hope through one’s connections
  49. 49. Awareness of our own feelings of discomfort and being ok with it.
  50. 50. Conversations are great avenues to unification and diversity
  51. 51. Cultivate curiosity about whatever is different
  52. 52. Different ethnicities, understanding and co-exist which helps to enrich the community, a common thread
  53. 53. Food, clothing, music, smells, etc, and loving it!
  54. 54. Music is a catalyst for me as a nurse, includes music as healing; Arts in Hospitals
  55. 55. Diversity in food</li></ul>and…..“What have I heard so far that has challenged or expanded my idea of a diverse community?”<br />
  56. 56. Matt Richards, graphic artist, captures people’s ideas and expressions with images and color as they are being spoken in the moment.<br />
  57. 57. Candid, open and from the heart… People shared their stories and hopes<br />
  58. 58. Possibilities through conversations that matter<br />
  59. 59. Estranged and Isolated… or<br />…Close and Connected<br />What does Community mean to ME?<br />
  60. 60. What expands my thinking? (more unedited integral comments from table top notes)<br /><ul><li>Discerning serves a purpose
  61. 61. We belong somewhere else, not in the US
  62. 62. Best place in the world is the US, people are afraid to lose it
  63. 63. US opened arms to immigrants, community is hard to define and hard to belong here
  64. 64. Idea of America is a melting pot if we choose who can be American and doesn’t, it will kill the idea of America
  65. 65. How do we fit everyone in an equal environment? That would be the ultimate achievement
  66. 66. How do we make people understand the broader human family?
  67. 67. Judgment is a defense rather than an offense to keep something from attacking you, basic human instinct for survival
  68. 68. Importance of relationships
  69. 69. It starts with children
  70. 70. Possibilities/opportunities
  71. 71. Know yourself to expand your world
  72. 72. People assume even though they don’t know who you are and who you represent
  73. 73. We think people think the same way I do; when we realize that’s not the case, then we get hurt
  74. 74. We spend time looking for solutions to problems but by agreeing we don’t really do so</li></li></ul><li>Getting to know each other by sharing our stories<br />
  75. 75. Common themes, deep sharing<br /><ul><li>It’s not just about age, race or religious organization. Seen progress in Sarasota about it, religion has common goals
  76. 76. Expanded into more than difference in race, age but also difference on lifestyle, Sarasota needs that invitation to open up and be part of the change we want to see.
  77. 77. Experience with kids in schools; Sarasota is a small town community with lots of resources and a giving community (needs better communications about our resources)
  78. 78. Very stressful for the kids: parents out of work and kids coming in very sleepy; trying to find jobs, families having difficulty making it
  79. 79. In Sarasota, see a vast divide of those that have and those in need.
  80. 80. We do have several homeless children and families; important to try to not hide that
  81. 81. Need for strengthening girls
  82. 82. Very connected to arts culture
  83. 83. Arts, Transition Sarasota initiative: harvesting food goes to food banks and shelters, Florida House, plant gardens at elementary schools
  84. 84. Notice there is a lot of volunteering
  85. 85. Learn a lot through Natural Awakenings magazine
  86. 86. Difficult to remain true to who you are
  87. 87. How media shapes direction and how people trust one another
  88. 88. What is idea of media? What is too much? How do you keep trust and who you are?</li></li></ul><li>Capturing the dialogue in pictures and in words<br />
  89. 89. What have I heard so far that has challenged or expanded my idea of a diverse community?<br /><ul><li>Community days for kids, crossing the line diversity, open up , make packs of leaders, train others to do
  90. 90. Need to build in that non-judgmental way
  91. 91. Need to build in that non-judgmental piece – how to be inviting and integrate, we don’t like to suffer
  92. 92. Big Brother, Big Sisters need more mentors
  93. 93. I was with a community Buddhist group. It’s as diverse and cohesive as we can be, creating a little ???? for the world.
  94. 94. I’m a listener
  95. 95. You cannot change another person. Change yourself to change the response.
  96. 96. Change barriers that are stopping you
  97. 97. Expansion. The joy of being here, coming not knowing anybody, Quantum!
  98. 98. Diversity: no boundaries, not trying to analyze what I can do for me and what I can do for you
  99. 99. Do I trust myself? Do I have something to say?
  100. 100. Can I expand my listening? Be accepting of yourself
  101. 101. Among friends, safe environment if you have a fear of talking, I’ll be moved to be here for that
  102. 102. Similarities in religion = War over the similarities
  103. 103. “Ego” / Power/Money</li></li></ul><li>More Sharing on Diversity….<br /><ul><li>Don’t think of this as being diverse, just visually don’t see as much diversity; community tries to protect themselves from adverse events. How we think we fit in – are we really that different? Always trying to feel safe
  104. 104. Very comfortable with self; strengths are what we have in common, willing to step into any situation because what challenges us is how we learn to work together and expand
  105. 105. How did you get such a strong sense of who you are?
  106. 106. Fear is only a word; don’t allow “master fear” to control you
  107. 107. Need role models, need mentors, someone to model behavior
  108. 108. Broaden interpretation of diversity European: diverse transportation (bus, train, bicycle) not available in US; people get stuck in their ruts
  109. 109. It’s up to you in your community to invite self and others to get together and talk regarding how to create and feel comfortable
  110. 110. Taking children to nursing homes, to adopt GPs, have to feel comfortable in putting yourself out there
  111. 111. Utopian society, people get along and take care of one another; “Guess who’s coming to dinner ideology, mix culture and diversity
  112. 112. What parents taught us – what religion expects of you
  113. 113. Come in a room and not see differences but acknowledge differences
  114. 114. Enneagram made easy</li></li></ul><li>Having conversations that matter …<br />…to change our community <br />
  115. 115. Expanding ideas…. <br /><ul><li>Slowing down to wisdom; getting outside the matrix
  116. 116. Pocket of diversity
  117. 117. Why aren’t people here? Don’t have ID
  118. 118. Genuine conversations hard when conflict avoidant
  119. 119. Differences lead to lots of interaction, but sometimes conflict, but that’s ok
  120. 120. Some people want to be only with common interests
  121. 121. Some people forget about the differences that aren’t immediately apparent (white straight male)
  122. 122. Diversity has many elements: cultural, nature, transportation, religion, racial background
  123. 123. How white Sarasota is; forget how easy he has it
  124. 124. Remind not to quash discussion when it is old to me, new to others
  125. 125. Toronto: very visible coexistence mosaic/melting pot
  126. 126. Don’t have to engage people; Big discussion have to apologize
  127. 127. Look for what they’re comfortable with
  128. 128. Crabby = alive; crabby = genuine
  129. 129. Diversity working with kid, not judge
  130. 130. Always will have division, nature of humanity
  131. 131. Culture Diversity?
  132. 132. What is culture? Micro-cultures?
  133. 133. Room to express self</li></li></ul><li>“The conversations felt easy and comfortable. It was lots of fun and not at all what I expected,” said a participant <br /><ul><li>Goal is to not see diversity, balance appreciation of lack of diversity with lack of judgment, assumptions, categories
  134. 134. Always have distinctions, don’t want to try to find sameness; can’t work
  135. 135. Something everyone needs to do, not necessarily drawing, can be anything FREEDOM
  136. 136. Curiosity: need ability to express self/audience is more optional..ish
  137. 137. Have a lot of similar perceptions; all similar people?
  138. 138. Look beyond family culture or other ethnic only or single definitions
  139. 139. Always have diversity, so many differences, be aware of it
  140. 140. Celebrate birthdays
  141. 141. Intense curiosity is how people push themselves
  142. 142. Community listening, Sarasota better, not ignoring
  143. 143. Diversity = not boring
  144. 144. Art community pushing self. Art is constant; better of self; defines who I am
  145. 145. What does lack of Art forge in people; strict parameters pre-art BA/AA
  146. 146. Southgate mall intolerant of other cultures, uncomfortable
  147. 147. We are evolving slowly but surely….
  148. 148. A diverse community is more interesting and intellectually fulfilling. It expands your own identity. Cultural diversity contributes more to one’s experience of life. A large pool of ideas to gain insight into life </li></li></ul><li>Speaking our minds, hearts and souls….<br /><ul><li>A non-segregated community is a diverse community. A broad spectrum of activities and traditions. Mutual concern between communities. Sarasota needs to be more diversified. Sarasota caters to much to the rich and older people become less tolerant of diversity
  149. 149. Diversity is being yourself, not judging others
  150. 150. Diversity, the world is diverse in itself; accept what everything is
  151. 151. Learning to be what we are
  152. 152. People feel defeated to have passion
  153. 153. Slow down; Speed of life stops us from listening
  154. 154. People try to cling to an identity from media examples; they think texting is communication (that’s not legitimate). Media is a great tool but in the wrong hands.
  155. 155. In between poor and rich, they tell us to be and how to be. America was founded in Social Innovation; however we “devolved” to Technical Innovation
  156. 156. How hard is it for all of us to fit in?
  157. 157. We are all prejudice: good aspects of uniqueness and diversity 
  158. 158. Juxtaposition of the two words community and diversity
  159. 159. Diversity : definition changed … “it’s closer that you think if you listen”
  160. 160. Some people Ok about diversity, some encourage it
  161. 161. Comfort and safety with a lack of diversity at times
  162. 162. Without diversity, you become boring, complacent, and sheltered</li></li></ul><li>And then WE Came Together in CIRCLE!<br />
  163. 163. If I could describe it in a word….<br />
  164. 164. Our Words and Conversation Summary NotesUnite to become a Work of “Wordle” Art<br /><br />
  165. 165. Thank you Anne, Marilyn and Jack who had this dream to invite cross-cultural and diverse conversations in Sarasota… a dream that is now shared by many!<br />From our TEAM to YOU, a Heartfelt Thank You!<br />
  166. 166. With a Special Thank You to April Doner<br />The artist behind the camera who captured these spontaneous photos.<br />April, a friend to many… someone who lives and loves ART & COMMUNITY ! <br />
  167. 167. Hope to see you with friends, family and colleagues at our next SRQ Connects World Café for new and continuing conversations<br />May 25thor 26th 2011<br />Place (to be determined)<br />Let’s make Cross-Cultural and Diversity Happen in our Community! <br />
  168. 168. We will remember this day at G WizWe were together as a community<br />