1. List 3 things that you want or need from a neighborhood center
2. What difference does a community center make in a neighborhood?
3. Does it matter where the center is located?
For all of these questions we worked as a group to provide our input on giant post-it-note paper sheets that were then posted around the room. We were given three colored circle stickers that we were instructed to place on these "idea sheets" next to our top three choices for the wants/needs. These lists, collected from all of the sessions, are then going to be used to help with difficult funding decisions in the future. So, again, I encourage you to go to one of these listening sessions if you are interested in having a voice in some funding decisions affecting neighborhood centers, and, ultimately, your community.
This session, for me, was really energizing. I love hearing input on how people view the role of neighborhood centers, and, more generally, the overall idea of "community". This concept is something that I have been intrigued by for as long as I can remember, but, more "scientifically" when I started studying zoology and psychology here at University of Wisconsin-Madison for my undergraduate degree. I think the overlaps between non-human animals, and humans in their respective "communities" is important, interesting, and, to me, fascinating. So much so, that I will definitely write more on this at a later point, but for now I am tired, with ideas all over the board, and should be a little more focused before writing more on that topic.