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The C3 Project: Conversation, Creativity, and Community: A world Cafe to redefine our community

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The C3 Project: Conversation, Creativity, and Community: A world Cafe to redefine our community

Time: November 7, 2009 from 9:30am to 4:30pm
Location: Alternatives Whitin Mill
Street: 50 Douglas Road
City/Town: Whitinsville, MA
Website or Map: http://www.alternativesnet.or…
Phone: 617-623-7863
Event Type: conference/gathering
Organized By: Stu Mendelson
Latest Activity: Oct 25, 2009

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The C3 Project
Conversation, Creativity, and Community: A World Café to redefine our community
Saturday, November 7, 2009
9:30 AM – 4:30 PM*
*(includes light breakfast and lunch)

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead

You are warmly invited to gather and explore the themes of Conversation, Creativity and Community. We will be working together to uncover new insights and possibilities for action in building a stronger creative community for everyone.

The Questions:
= Why don’t we know our neighbors any more?
= How do we engage people to want a better community?
= How can art and the creative experience be used to bring people together?
= How can a community empower itself to support the health, well being and interests of the diverse individuals who belong to it?

Come meet some new neighbors to explore what makes up an engaged, creative community of the future that finds value in all of its members.

The Participants:
Artists, self-advocates, educators, activists, community builders and people from all walks of life and abilities interested in exploring these themes. This event will be a collaboration and catalyst for more dialogues and activities around common interests and needs in your home community.

The Process:
We will use the World Café’s simple yet powerful conversational process, facilitated by a trained steward, for connecting and learning together, evoking collective intelligence, and uncovering insights and possibilities for action.

The Art Form:
To support this conversation we’ll use Zentangle as a group exercise. This easy to learn method of creating beautiful images from repetitive patterns is a new art form that is fun, relaxing and guarantees the creative success and satisfaction of the participants.

The Place:
We will gather at the historic Whitin Mill in Whitinsville, MA, headquarters for Alternatives, a non-profit organization that provides services to adults with disabilities. The Mill was recently renovated into an inclusive community center, including artisan space, a performance center, art gallery and affordable apartments, all utilizing leading edge green technology. In 1826, the Mill’s original product was cotton. Today its product is new relationships and a stronger community for everyone.

The Promise:
We promise a conversation space where people will get to know each other, pay attention to what each contributes, learn about community building ideas and explore the emerging possibilities for creative action in your own community.

On-Line Registration is Now Available at

The C3 Project
November 7, 2009

Alternatives Whitin Mill, 50 Douglas Road, Whitinsville, MA 01588

***Please register as soon as possible***

We are limiting the number of attendees to 100 due to limited space

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Grand Prize for South Shore Grand Slam Story Slam generously donated by Nicolette Heavey and Stories In The Streets (A Maine Get Away)

Stories in the Streets in an outreach literacy program that focuses on families in at-risk areas and fosters community engagement in storytelling by: 1) Creating opportunities for public storytelling wherever families gather — a farmer’s market, laundromat, or food line; and, 2) Offering storytelling workshops that raise family engagement in literacy, cultural awareness and community understanding.  The program is currently active in Lawrence, Brockton and Randolph.


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