Building Pathways: Community Dialogue Series

[ Building Pathways to Understanding ] is a community dialogue series that aims to provide a safe, shared informal learning space for people from different communities to unpack the beliefs and values that drive the way we build our communities and to take a closer look at the stories we tell ourselves and/or have been told about the way society “has to be.”

This month, we’ll be talking about [ COMMUNITY ].

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Up to 10 different people will be selected to take an active part of each dialogue, though there will also be room for people who just want to listen. We aim to have a diverse group of participants so that each dialogue will include and reflect different perspectives and experiences. For the time being, the dialogues will be hosted virtually through Zoom.

Check out the [ SPRING 2021 Calendar ] for dates & topics.

The series aims to provide a space for people to learn about the diversity of experiences of other people and to engage meaningfully with people outside of their own communities. It also intends to provide an opportunity for people to talk and learn about policy issues in an accessible way so that our decision making — not just as people in our daily lives, but as voters and as decision-makers embedded in organizations, businesses, government agencies, and other institutions — is informed by self-awareness about our own experiences and understanding of others’ experiences.


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JANUARY (Community) — “Power
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FEBRUARY (Community) — “Prosperity
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FEBRUARY (Community) — “Good Intentions
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Why Building Pathways?

Everyday, we decide how to distribute resources to the people in our communities (like food, water, shelter, education, etc.). To whom do we give? When?  How much? Why?

Our answers are shaped by the stories we tell ourselves about who we are, who others are, and what we deserve. Our answers drive our choices, and our choices shape communities. If peace requires justice, then justice requires us to understand how our beliefs turn into the stories that become the building blocks for our communities.





About the Facilitator

Melody Ng:Hi all — Over the last 10 years, I’ve worked with nonprofits and research centers on issues spanning from food systems to criminal legal reform, with a personal emphasis on equity in decision-making and outcomes. For a long time, I’ve felt that we need to be having more honest conversations about the beliefs at the heart of our opinions on and decisions about public policies — which is why I developed Building Pathways to Understanding. Welcome! I hope to hear from you soon.

Read more about Melody HERE or on LinkedIn.


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Dialogue Notes

We talked about what activities we think count as work and why, how ideas about “scarcity” impact the value we place on and how we compensate different kinds of labor, and the causes for the gendered and racialized caste labor system in the U.S.

Check out the notes HERE.

We talked about what compromise means, its relationship to reciprocity, equality, and equity, and the role narratives/stories play in the way we understand compromise.

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We talked about how our identities, values, struggles, and need for support determine which communities we identify with and what it means to “empower” minority groups.

Check out the notes HERE.

To view notes from older dialogues, check out the Dialogue Notes Archive.

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