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IDENTIFYING A COMMUNITY SPIRIT — Table of Contents

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

When community members realize that the vast majority of them share a basic aspiration — a sense that can be termed the “Community Spirit” . . .

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

The Divided Community Project at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law synthesizes insights for collaborative approaches to . . . .

WHAT IS A COMMUNITY SPIRIT AND WHY DOES IT MATTER?

We live in a time of deep political division that threatens our ability to address pressing issues at the local, state, and national levels.  Identifying a community’s common aspirations, a “community spirit,” . . . .

WHAT MAKES A STATEMENT OF COMMUNITY SPIRIT POWERFUL?

A community spirit that achieves the results mentioned above will be more than a slogan that might attract tourism or investment. Instead it will be what residents aspire to achieve . . . .

HOW CAN YOU GO ABOUT IDENTIFYING A UNIFYING COMMUNITY SPIRIT?

Individual inspiration:  It is possible that a creative individual who understands the viewpoints within the community can articulate a community spirit that will resonate deeply and broadly . . . . Group collaboration: Absent such an individual, the community might decide to convene a creative group of people . . . .

HOW DO YOU SELECT AND PREPARE A GROUP TO IDENTIFY YOUR COMMUNITY’S SPIRIT?

Communities may face the challenges listed below when attempting to state their spirit. . . . This section offers general suggestions for addressing these challenges . . . .

HOW CAN MEETINGS BE STRUCTURED TO ACHIEVE CONSENSUS ON IDEAS THAT MIGHT RESONATE BROADLY AND DEEPLY AS THE COMMUNITY SPIRIT?

Holding the Meeting to Develop Consensus on a Tentative Local Spirit: The agenda for the meeting might be constructed by. . . .

HOW CAN A COMMUNITY TRY OUT THE IDEAS?

Once the meeting is over, it will be time to gain additional input and refine the ideas. . . .

RESOURCES

Books marked with * are especially pertinent to meetings to articulate a local spirit. . . .