Community Conversations





Download a copy of the 2014 Report  and  2016 Report
on Community Conversations!

Community Conversations are run based on a model developed by the Harwood Institute.

Community Conversations serve two important purposes:
1. They are a turned outward way to authentically engage members of the community.
2. They generate Public Knowledge that can be used to inform the decision making of all kinds.

Engage the Community to Understand:
-People's aspirations for the community; -People's concerns;
-How people think and talk about a given issue in relation to the community;
-The changes needed to reach our aspiration for the community; and
-What people believe we can do, and who they'd trust to take action.

Community Conversation Themes Help Inform How You:
Engage the community - inviting new people opens the door to new relationships
Find new partners - sharing Public Knowledge creates coalition opportunities
Develop strategies - working on the issue AND building capacity to work together
Mobilize resources - creating natural pathways for people to contribute

Community Conversation 

Some of our 26 Conversation in 26 Locations with over 226 Community Members

Themes: Community, Education, Resources, Family, and Safety

Themes Date Location

# of Attendees

Economic Development, Pride, Optimism 


Kitchen Table


Support Systems, Resources


Mom's Group


Family, Language


Coffee Shop


Personal Growth


Weekly Meeting 


Employment, Community




Youth, Schools, Opportunites for All 5/27/2016 Staff


Resources, Learning 9/23/2016 Classroom 18
Employment, Growth 10/19/2016 North Salina  8
Change, Opportunites 10/20/2016 Salina Downtown 2
Education, Employment 10/21/2016 K-State Students 14
Community, Safety 10/25/2016 Volunteers, Education & Youth 12
Community Development 10/26/2016 Healthy Active Living 7
Community Development 11/10/2016 Front Porch 8
Volunteering, Infrastructure 11/17/2016 Conference Room 8
Education, Opportunity, Learning 11/18/2016 Conference Room 8
Values, Health 11/22/2016 Family Room 5
Culture, Transportation 11/23/2016 Family Room 5
Compassion, Services 12/2/2016 Family Room 6
Safety, Society 12/5/2016 Conference Room 2
Access, Mobility, Neighborhood, Housing 12/6/2016 Kitchen 2

Join us! Contact Brenda Gutierrez at, or (785) 827-1312
to get in on the conversation.