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From Response to Resilience: How will we advance equitable well-being together?

Our lives have changed dramatically since the January 2020 partner convening. The COVID-19 pandemic, the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery and too many others, have exposed the profound inequities woven into our community systems and social safety net. These same crises have also revealed our interdependence and ability to come together, as a community, to support each other while we demand justice. 

Our virtual convening on August 5 and 6 gave us a chance to: 
– Reflect on the recent months, in both the pain and the possibility. 
– Share what we have learned.
– Identify ways to take action together as a North Sound community.

Prior to the convening, we asked participants to take part in an interactive learning series to help us move toward a shared understanding of the ways we can learn and work together. 

Monday, July 13, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Healing and Hope: Targeted Universalism as a Strategy for Transformative Change
The systemic crises of 2020 have revealed profound inequities facing our communities. As we move toward recovery and resilience, we have an opportunity to reimagine how we advance equitable well-being for all. Join john powell, Director of the Othering & Belonging Institute, for an interactive dialogue.
Click here for complementary resources for this session (shared July 7).
Thursday, July 23, 10:00 – 11:00 am
Dialogues for Action: Facilitator Training with All-America City Finalists

Dialogue strengthens our sense of belonging and connection by building relationships. When we listen, share, and discover, we are able to create meaning together, and are better positioned to take action in our communities. Join leaders from communities across the country to build dialogue facilitation skills.
Click here for complementary resources to review prior to session .(Racial Justice and Health Equity resources shared July 14; Dialogue as a Process for Community Change shared July 21.)
Zoom Session Chat log
Wednesday, July 29, 12:30 – 2:00 pm
The Power of Story: Tools for Narrative Change

Stories are powerful. The stories we tell, and are told about us, shape our personal sense of well-being and the well-being of our communities. As change-makers, we have the responsibility to reveal concealed stories, embracing the multiplicity of communities. Explore stock and concealed stories with local and national leaders. Click here to register.
Click here for complementary resources for this session (shared July 27).
Convening Summary
Day 1 Recording
Day 2 Recording
View slides from Day 1 & 2.

Annual August Partner Convening
Day 1 – Wednesday, August 5, 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Day 2 – Thursday, August 6, 1:00 – 3:30 pm

Complementary Resources to review prior:
Community Transformation: North Sound ACH’s Journey – This Community Commons blog post highlights resources and voices from the North Sound community.
Legacies for Living Together: Understanding Our Shared History – Learn more about how the Children of the Setting Sun are elevating concealed stories to understand our shared history–and create legacies for living together.
Commons Good Podcast: Liz Baxter– Listen to North Sound ACH CEO Liz Baxter share her reflections and experiences fostering meaningful community-led collaboration.

Common Questions

Is this required? How many from my organization should attend?
Yes, all of the above learning sessions and partner convening sessions are required for North Sound ACH implementation (contracted) partners; other community partners are invited to join us, but their attendance is optional.

At least one individual from your organization should attend each of the sessions and the August convening; we recommend 2-3, if possible. (It is ideal if at least one person from your organization can attend all sessions, as the July learning sessions were created as an intentional prelude leading up to the partner convening sessions.). NOTE: There is no capacity limit for the July sessions, so as many from your team as you wish to have attend, please register and join us!

I have a scheduling conflict and can’t make the learning session time. Will it be recorded?
The pre-convening learning sessions will be recorded, however due to breakout sessions other interactive content, it is very important to attend live if possible. As these are required sessions for implementation partners, the recorded sessions are especially intended for individuals unable to participate live, as a “make up.”  

The partner convening sessions on August 5 and 6 must be attended live. Please note: the participation of partner organizations will be reflected in the October 2020 Reporting.