The past several months Rhode Island Foundation has hosted
several community based meetings for residents to talk about their concerns and
thoughts on how to improve our State. This bold initiative will allow for
dialogue that will impact our common future. Neil Steinberg, President and CEO
of the foundation has high hopes in the results of these experiment and has
been quoted saying “ … that we are giving
the community an opportunity to listen and reconnect through civil dialogue at
a time when people are more connected by social media then connected to one
another…” and “…our hope is that people will meet and leave these sessions with
a sense that their voice has been heard …”.
Professional facilitators led the sessions with the
University or Rhode Island’s Social Science Institution for Research, Education
and Policy on board to assist in the correlation of data developed at these
sessions and for providing a report to the Foundation Board at it’s annual
meeting with a complete product sometime in the near future.
mission of the Rhode Island Foundation in part is to help Rhode Island reach
success in as a diverse and connected community. In meeting this mission in
2017 the foundation has reported raising over $38 million dollars and provided
over $43 million in grants to organizations whose missions address the issues
facing the State today. Initiatives like Together RI are one of the most
effective ways to reach people in order to solicit new ideas to consider for
state wide-change and or modification to old strategies.