Updated: Oct 11
It started with an invitation. On Saturday, August 5th, people gathered for a community Action Forum. They worked together throughout the day and generated 8 broad topic areas that they wanted to focus on in order to improve urban Albuquerque:
Public Health & Poverty; Local Economy; Housing & Zoning; Public Safety & Crime; Active Transportation & Safety; Vision for the Central Corridor; Environment & Urban Resources; Community Engagement & Communications
This gathering lead to a second invitation.
On September 13th at The Hotel Blue, over 100 people gathered and participated in 8 rounds of fast-paced conversations with the mayoral candidates. The unique format of this mayoral forum featured the 8 topics at 8 tables, 7 candidates and 8 short rounds of conversation.
The conversational format revealed different sides of the mayoral candidates in table discussions with the mix of public and private sector leaders, community activists, multidisciplinary professionals, and other committed people. In this way, UrbanABQ and others are inviting people who love Albuquerque to focus on shaping the built environment to support places people love + places that love people through policy, practices, and planning.
The Next Invitation is to You
On Saturday, November 18th, at the Albuquerque Convention Center, you’re invited to join other motivated and committed city residents to continue the conversations that have been started and start to move toward action on an issue or opportunity you’re most passionate about.
Among the many participants—from the public and private sector, neighborhood and non-profit arenas, and people who want to join others and make the change we want in our city—we’ll work together to refine and shape the questions and topics into doable, measurable, and achievable actions. Some we’ve been doing and others can reinforce. Other’s we’ll start to do. And where appropriate, we’ll invite the city and the new administration to help. Together, we will set the priorities and invite others to work with us to make progress and achieve results.
We will be using the Open Space format, just like the August forum where the 8 topics were brought forward. Our rough schedule for the day will be:
- 10:00am Intro & and setting the day’s agenda together
- 10:30am Break out session 1
- 11:30am Break out session 2
- 12:30pm Reconvene as a large group and set agenda for afternoon & lunch
- 1:30pm Break out session 3
- 2:30pm Reflections & immediate next steps
Below is the invitation. If you’re planning to invite others, send them this link to the Google doc (http://bit.ly/2fZthwO), and please add your name to the bottom.