Our vision for Georgetown is to become a ‘beloved community of compassion characterized by cross-cultural communication, collaboration, celebration and courage.’ The ‘beloved community’ concept is based on the definition from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s philosophy, which:
“was not devoid of interpersonal, group or international conflict. Instead he recognized that conflict was an inevitable part of human experience. But he believed that conflicts could be resolved peacefully and adversaries could be reconciled through a mutual, determined commitment to nonviolence. No conflict, he believed, need erupt in violence. And all conflicts in The Beloved Community should end with reconciliation of adversaries cooperating together in a spirit of friendship and goodwill.”
In our previous planning meetings, the group has identified areas for deeper focus. The first four areas align with the Georgetown City of Excellence four cornerstones: Education, Public Safety, Healthcare and Economic Development. Then we added Transportation and Housing. Given the interests and needs that have emerged, we are adding Communications, Cultural & Historical Advocacy and Membership Development. These are called Learning/Action Groups and will use Dr. King’s Six Steps for Nonviolent Social Change as a methodology.
The first step in the Six Steps for Nonviolent Social Change is Information Gathering. Each Learning/Action Group and will use a set of preliminary questions to guide their work. Each Group will become a key resource for the Courageous Conversations Movement and recommend actions that the larger group may decide to take.
In addition to the Learning/Action Groups, a Core Group will serve as an executive body and be initially composed of individuals who have been engaged from outset (Barbara Brightwell, George Brightwell, Katherine Kerr, Lou Snead, Inell Claypool, Lamar Claypool and Ron Swain). Mary Calixtro has recently joined the Core Group and organizational development and change management specialist Georgianne Hewett will serve as a key resource to the Core Group. Other leaders of each Learning/Action Group will serve on the Core Group.
Learning/Action Groups will meet as often as needed to do their work. Following are the Learning/Action Groups and their leaders: The Courageous Conversations Planning Group meets monthly.
The Core Group will address organizational and structural issues and grapple with how we move forward, including whether we form as a Texas nonprofit organization, a 501(c)3.
Public Safety – Lamar Claypool
Healthcare – Barbara Brightwell
Communications – Katherine Kerr
Education – Stephanie Blanck
Membership Development – Inell Claypool
Economic Development – TBD (Interested? Please email LetsTalk@CourageousConvoGTX.com)
Cultural & Historical Advocacy – Lou Snead
Transportation – TBD (Interested? Please email LetsTalk@CourageousConvoGTX.com)
Housing – Walt Doering
Thank you for your commitment to creating Georgetown as a beloved community of excellence and compassion.
As a Courageous Conversation Participant, if you are interested in joining to a Learning/Action Group, please contact the leader of the group to let them know.
Grace and Peace,
Courageous Conversations Convener