Collaborative Spark partners with Project Civil Discourse
On August 19, 2010 over 150 Arizonans of all ages, races, backgrounds, and beliefs:
- Sat down and really talked about their experiences with the immigration issues that face Arizona
- Respected diverse points of view and listened with an open mind
- Explored what each of us can do to bring balance, civility, and creative solutions to conversations about immigration
Over 150 people attended the Community Conversation on Immigration at Rio Salado Conference Center in Tempe on August 19, 2010. Three rounds of topics on immigration were discussed by the participants throughout the evening. For each round, participants were seated at tables of up to five and the discussions lasted between 20 and 30 minutes. After each round participants moved to new tables with new conversational partners. Each round had different introductions and questions that take us from the past, to the present, and to the future.
The first round of conversations focused on personal experiences and thoughts about the current state of immigration in Arizona. In the second conversation, participants discussed the impact of immigration issues on the community and the third addressed how participants will address immigration issues and opportunities in a civil and respectful way.
Following the third round of conversations, table spokespersons each reported on one key headline topic discussed by their group.
More than 10% of the participant were passionate about continuing the conversation and convening future gatherings. They posted discussion topics with their contact information.