Roots & Routes Fall Partner Convening

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Casa Guanajuato

3661 South Archer Avenue

Chicago, IL 60609

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Partner Convening Meeting Goals

The Roots & Routes Initiative has been inspiring cultural and outdoor connections across Chicago communities. We welcome you to join the Fall 2017 Roots & Routes Partner Convening to reflect and deepen our understanding of the core principles for Roots & Routes – to continue co-creating a unique natural area on our City’s lakefront which figures prominently in cultural traditions of communities in neighborhoods near the BWC; that residents of these communities will identify more meaningfully with this natural area and participate in its renewal if these values/histories/languages are visible there; and that this public green space and participatory process can bring people and organizations together to build new relationships around shared vision and values.

  • Review highlights from 2017 Roots & Routes programming

  • Trans-create and align our respective organizational, community and collective vision for the R&R initiative

  • Build consensus to work within a collaborative model

  • Establish organizing working groups to help develop 2018 programming options that support our goals

  • Discuss the process of conducting mutually beneficial program evaluations, research and capacity building resources


8:30am Breakfast and Networking

9:00am Begin


  • Outline a history of R+R, with highlights and challenges:

PARTNER CALL OUT: We will be sharing and reflecting on our journey through the R&R initiative. Please send us one photo or quote from a participant that captures a memorable experience that you or your organization had with Roots & Routes this past year. We will ask you to say a few words about this to the group.

  • (you can email

Consensus Building (Supporting each other)

  • Clarifying Our Vision & Establishing Mutual Goals

10min Break

Breakout Sessions: Roots & Routes: Developing Collective Working Groups

    • Working Group Visioning, Action Planning & Needs Assessment

Next Steps

    • Roles and actions

    • Rough Timeline

    • Evaluations

    • Follow up methods: Leadership Group for the R&R, Biannual Meetings, Conference Calls, Emails, Partner Directory

11:30am End

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Casa Guanajuato

3661 South Archer Avenue

Chicago, IL 60609

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