Thrive: Connecting the community
We want to see our city thrive! So what’s keeping our neighbors in Columbus from connecting and thriving? One factor is that our communities are too often marked by divisions. What divisions do you notice? You’ve probably heard discussions on political, economic, or racial divisions. Does one of those resonate with you or is there something else you see holding our communities back? Maybe it’s divisions across the generations or simply across cliques at your school. Do you see any real gaps between anxiety and stability, violence and safety, or hurt and forgiveness? Maybe it’s a lack of people partnering together and the result is a duplication of effort and wasted resources. Is there a need for deeper connections within our families? Do we know our neighbors and experience their support or are we just living near each other? And then there is the role of tech in our everyday lives - simultaneously promoting connections and isolation. Are we wasting time and opportunities to connect? What bridges need to be built that could connect the community? If people, organizations or resources were further connected, what need would it address in Columbus? If you could get people pulling in the same direction towards a common goal, what would it be?
Consider the needs of your friends, your family, your neighborhood, your work or school. What strikes you? With a little support, what idea would you be excited about seeing come to life? The kind of idea that could bring lasting health to people’s lives. The kind of idea that values people not just the accomplishment of a program. Connections can change lives. It’s time for Columbus to CONNECT and then THRIVE.