Also on the agenda for tonight’s Decatur City Commission, a proposed action plan for creating a “Compassionate Decatur”. Asst. City Manager Linda Harris describes the effort in the meeting materials…
We propose a process that thoughtfully engages diverse community members in conversations which constructs new narrative and a shared action plan. The shaping of a new and shared narrative around diversity, inclusion, welcoming and compassion has always required a more in-depth approach than a typical community conversation process. We want to ensure inclusiveness and as much participation as possible from all segments of the community.
Therefore we propose engaging Mattice Haynes, Founding Principal and Chief Inclusion Officer at The Alt of Community, LLC, an organization that co-designs and facilitates inclusive community conversations. Mattice is a Decatur resident who also participated as a volunteer facilitator during the 2010 Strategic Planning Process.
…With Mattice and her team we propose a year long process with a total projected investment of close to $100,000 (cash and in-kind) to be phased over two fisca1 years. We propose to begin with ah initial $25,000budget to build the relationships and resources from September-December 2014. During that time we will establish a steering committee~ seek matching funds from foundation and community partners, and collaborate with the steering committee to create a dialogue process in order to officially launch the initiative in January 2015.