Online Community Conversations offer opportunity to participate wherever you are

The Center for Michigan engagement team is back in the field, crisscrossing the state to facilitate Community Conversations in schools, boardrooms, libraries, places of worship, bars, and more. (To find a Conversation near you, visit our Community Conversation calendar.) We feel fortunate that we get to witness state residents share their ideas and priorities for making Michigan a better place.

The topic this time, jobs and workforce development, is so critical to Michigan’s future that the discussions have been passionate and attendance has been high. We are fired up and excited to hear from communities across the state.

But what if you can’t attend an in-person Conversation? You’re not left out in the cold! We’ve created online versions of each of our Conversation modules so you can participate from the comfort of your own home. Visit our online Community Conversation page. You have three topics (or modules) to choose from. Choose the Conversation topic that best fits your current experience in the Michigan job market.

The online Community Conversation is an easy way to share your ideas and priorities on this important topic. Each module takes just 15-20 minutes to complete, and videos from our Engagement team will guide you through the discussion. Share it with your friends, family, and neighbors—we want to hear from residents across the state.

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Tue, 01/13/2015 - 2:14am
The Center for Michigan is creating a great opportunity by drawing in people from across the state to participate in offering their experiences and thoughts on these issues. I believe this will showcase an untapped resource in Michigan, the people. The Community Conversations will yield innumerable experiences/successes/opportunities for each of the topics, and the conversations will deliver perspectives that could prove valuable in the addressing the issues. I encourage The Center for Michigan to take this approach to the next level and use the people from across Michigan to develop innovative ideas and methods for assessing the value of advanced learning for individuals, especially for those still in school, and to develop tools for people to use to identify value in a personal way, tools to assess their employment situations, and tools for developing paths for job growth and income growth. Teams made up of people with diverse perspectives have proven very successful in creating innovative and effective means and methods for addressing problems. The keys will be to have well prepared facilitators, well-defined problems, and specific results or outcomes for teams to be successful both in face-to-face sessions and online interactive team sessions.