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Medford Conversations 2019: Community, Connection, & Place

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What is Medford Conversations?

We are a volunteer collaboration that arranges small discussion circles guided by trained facilitators. Our aim is to expand a sense of connection to Medford through open conversations about the issues impacting our communities, in hopes of establishing relationships across difference, and inspiring civic engagement.


What is this year's focus?

This year our dialogues will focus on the key themes of community, connection, and place​. The conversations will emphasize the different ways in which our communities address questions of identity and belonging in Medford and beyond.


What should I expect as a participant?

  • Participants join small conversation circles of 8-10 people that gather for 4 sessions between March 3rd and April 5th. Each session is 2 hours.

  • Circles are guided in conversation by trained facilitators who aim to ensure discussions remain inclusive and productive.

  • On April 7th, all circles and some non-circle participants will gather for a closing event where everyone is invited to share, reflect, and build coalitions on important community projects.


How do I join a circle?

  1. Click the Register button above.

  2. From the circle options, choose one that meets at a time and location that you can commit to. If there are no tickets left for times and locations that fit your schedule, you may join a waitlist by selecting the 'Waitlist' ticket type and providing us with the times and locations you'd like to be considered for.

  3. After selecting your ticket type, complete the questionnaire to finalize your registration. We will be in touch if there are any changes that require your attention. If you need to cancel or change your registration, please email us at medfordconvos@gmail.com.


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Reflections from 2018

"I joined the Medford Conversations this year as a facilitator with the main aims of getting more involved in the community, making friends and honing my facilitation skills. These goals, or at least the first two, were more or less shared by most people in our Circle. We were also quite the diverse group with two rising seniors from Medford High School, a few of us from West Medford and from Glenwood, life-long residents and relatively new ones, the young and not so young, with kids, without kids, racially and ethnically mixed with different stories, needs, issues.

But what made our circle very different was that we had one person who lived in an affordable housing unit. Our conversation circle started off and was informed throughout by what she shared at the kick-off event…from overcoming the shame and stigma of living in affordable housing to gathering the courage to show up and speak up about the myriad problems that was unique to them—people who were disadvantaged at the intersections of class, race, age and other parameters—for whom rising house prices and rent meant there was no way out of those units. Rising cable bills meant less budget for food if they chose to have cable, reliant on public transport meant many bus drivers less welcoming to the many bags of groceries.

Her story, her dignity, her presence was humbling in many respects. For one it put into perspective our own stories and made us reflect on the privileges we each take for granted. My circle conversations since were all the more richer, our circle evolved, we made friends, and we met up again recently to carry the conversation and friendships forward. I will be signing up again this year. Apart from the wonderful friendships made, I find invaluable the many perspectives I gained at the Conversations which has informed the way I think and the choices I make going forward." - a Volunteer Facilitator from 2018 Series



Still Have Questions?

Get in touch: medfordconvos@gmail.com or 781-957-1070

Find out more: http://medfordconversations.org/ or https://www.facebook.com/MedfordConversations/

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