Impact Stories

In Nov. 2021 after ten years of our evolving mission and impact, we changed our name to Gathering Ground. You may still find reference to our old name Creative New Jersey in posts created prior to Nov. 2021.

Addressing NJ’s Addiction Crisis

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A Community Forum panel discussion on NJ’s addiction crisis, produced by NJTV at the Newark Boys and Girls Club, is part of a collective effort by NJ journalists to generate more reporting and more attention on the addiction crisis. The collective impact project was generated at the Dodge Imagine Great Things convening facilitated by Gathering Ground. 


“Last night I didn’t sleep because I was thinking about this [model of bringing people together]. With the New Jim Crow Project [focusing on mass incarceration] we have to plan events and programs all the time and suddenly I’m thinking that more people have to have conversations: I don’t have to have a keynote speaker, I have to create the kinds of programs that have people talking with each other and thinking about action steps. So it’s really changing the model for us about the way we’re going to do our communicating and programs and raising the level of self-awareness in education.”

– Barbara Flythe – Campaign to End Jim Crow (Trenton)