Urban Rural Connection Project Overview: At a time when our communities and nation feel acutely divided, ALF is leading a bold dialogue and collaboration across difference. Senior Fellows are primed to address our state's most intractable issues, so we're launching the Urban Rural Connection Project, a new program to harness Senior Fellows' collective capacity to listen to difference, find community and create opportunity.
A Cohort of 11 ALF leaders that represent diverse geographies, identities and sectors will travel the state from January – June 2018 (see Cohort list below). They will meet with local ALF leaders and guests of ALF leaders in six Regional Dialogues (see calendar below). These Regional Dialogues will be a place for these high-level, community-tested leaders to work in collaboration to identify the rifts that exist in Oregon between urban, suburban and rural communities and identify key bridging opportunities specifically through a leadership lens.
ALF Oregon Regional Leaders and Local Leaders participating in one of six Regional Dialogues with the Cohort Members. These Regional Dialogues are essential to the success of the Urban Rural Connection Project, because they provide the space to gather the data and perspectives that are the reason for this work.
Cohort Members that will be attending all six Regional Meetings
In addition to our 11 Cohort Members, we have two Senior Fellow Facilitators!
Regional Dialogue Meeting Dates
Our intention at the completion of the Project is to generate a report on our findings, foster collaboration across geographic divides, and identify 2-3 critical issues that our network can come together to work towards solutions for these issues. We want to better understand how the divide is defined, how it impacts communities, and how we might re-focus the broader dialogue to what connects us, instead of what divides us.