Held in the city and surrounding areas of Cleveland was an event organised and hosted by Cleveland Foundation on Sunday the 30th of July.
A beautiful day set the stage for what was to be a major event for the city, where people from all walks of life and different backgrounds were able to gather, connect, discuss and share each others concerns, hopes, views and opinions about Cleveland.
As someone who has now been in Cleveland for 7 months, originally travelling here from New Zealand in 2016, I have personally experienced kindness and hospitality beyond my expectations from all the people I have met in Cleveland, many of whom have become friends. I adore this city it has so much to offer for families, a high quality of life, a vibrant creative and business scene, entertainment, sport and social activities.
Whilst my experiences here in Cleveland have been very positive, I was interested to hear the views of locals from Cleveland today at Common Ground, those who had a more personal impression of the city, those who may have been raised here, who have seen the good and the bad and have their own hopes for the future.
Each table at the event was full of a very diverse group of people, the table I was at let me witness stories from women who spoke of some of the difficulties that existed in underprivileged areas of the city and how education, activities, jobs and opportunities needed to be created in those areas to offer the future generations a better quality of life.
There is no city in the world that does not have its own concerns, but common ground was discovered in our discussion by embracing the fact that there was still much work to be done to help those less fortunate here in Cleveland, and that each and every one of us should lead by positive example.
Barriers break when people get together and share their stories, we realize how much in common we have with each other, regardless of race, background, nationality or ethnicity Common Ground teaches us to respect and care for one another, and understand each other and most importantly find out how we can contribute together to make Cleveland a great place for everyone to live.
I have been privileged to attend 2 events held by the Cleveland Foundation this year, this organisation truly does stand up for its community, its wonderful to see the role they play in helping the city progress.
Through the voices of the many people who attended all over Cleveland today arises hope for the future, a public forum that contributes to the growth and well being of our city, could certainly be a trend setter for other cities around the USA and also the rest of the world.
Enjoy the photos I have posted on the event, share this blog with your friends and colleagues, and thanks again to all Cleveland participants who attended and contributed to Common Ground.