The Rhode Island Foundation recently launched Together RI – a new initiative open to all Rhode Islanders and designed to create space for folks to be heard, to listen, to reconnect, and to promote civic and civil dialogue.
In fact, on Thursday, April 26 at 6 PM we will host a session at the East Providence Senior Center. A free, family-style dinner will be served.
Together RI is a series of 20 neighborly get-togethers that began on March 22 and ends on May 5. We’ve had thirteen sessions so far, and the response to them has been very encouraging. Rhode Islanders are participating alongside their neighbors, strangers, and friends – sharing a family-style meal and talking face-to-face at schools, community centers and other places that are well known and accessible. Each session is free and open to the public.
We would love for you to join one (or more) of the Together RI conversations in your personal capacity and would like to ask for your help spreading the word about this opportunity to your colleagues, friends, clients, and constituents, and any other Rhode Islanders that you think might be interested in participating.
Please consider sharing a link to TogetherRI.org on social media, via an email blast, or by printing downloadable posters from the website and posting them at your convenience (to access those scroll all the way to the bottom of the Together RI site, they are organized geographically).
The website provides information on each Together RI date, time, and location. Registration is not required but is accepted via the links provided.
Each and every Rhode Islander has a role to play in ensuring our collective success. Together RI will give us an opportunity to find out more about what that means – person to person – and how we might all work together to achieve it. These conversations will be a neutral place for dialogue on topics that are critical to our common future, and a place where we hope the recent tendency toward divisiveness and polarization will be left at the door.
The Foundation’s role will be to provide the platform, and the meal, and then step back and listen carefully. Independent professional facilitators will guide the sessions and University of Rhode Island researchers will synthesize and help us share the results. We are committed to sharing anonymous, aggregated results broadly and without bias and hope that participants will meet someone new and will leave knowing that their voice was heard.
Thank you for your support, and please feel free to be in touch with any questions.