What Does it Mean to Be a Washingtonian?

Petworth Library

What Does it Mean to Be a Washingtonian?

Last date: Thursday, June 28, 2018, 6:30 p.m. (see all dates)

Throughout this city's history, the definition of what it means to be a Washingtonian has changed and continues to change. Join us for a three-part structured community conversation and learn more about the power of dialogue as we discuss this question. We will exchange ideas together and hear from different voices in the community. Light refreshments will be provided.  All are welcome. We hope to see you.

This event is a three-part series and will take place on Thursday, June 14, 21 and 28 at 6:30 p.m.


What is a Dialogue?

A community dialogue is a structured conversation that happens over multiple sessions where participants speak from their personal experience and explore both the differences and the common ground that exist among them about the dialogue topic. In dialogue, we are interested in listening to understand rather than serial monologuing (which can happen in discussion) or listening to gain advantage (which typically happens in debate.) In dialogue, we do not try to convince others of our points of view. There is no emphasis on winning, but rather on learning, collaborating and creating new and shared understanding.

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.