Executive Director Bridget Phifer presents on Parkside Business and Community in Partnership’s community development strategies in Camden at the 2017 Gathering Ground Summit
We are a multiracial, multicultural, multigenerational and socio-economically diverse movement of people committed to taking action that creates thriving and equitable communities! We are Gathering Ground.
Gathering Ground fosters community cohesion and collaborative action by bringing together highly-diverse groups of people with varied backgrounds, lived experiences, expertise and influence to amplify community dialogue around critical issues, build and strengthen networks, encourage cross-sector and multi-cultural partnerships and cultivate equitable community-rooted solutions.
We envision an equitable and just society where people, organizations and communities:
nurture relationships that bridge race, culture, creed, gender, abilities, sexual orientation, generations, expertise, and socioeconomic circumstances;
feel a deep and abiding bond with each other, embracing the interconnectedness and interdependence of community life;
build a collaborative muscle that fuels resiliency, trust and security;
share access to knowledge, networks, and resources; and
take action that leverages and lifts up leadership, assets, and opportunities present in – and for – the benefit of communities.
Dialogue & Action
Equity & Access
Connection & Collaboration
10 Years of Connecting People, Ideas & Action
Who Have Hosted Calls to Collaboration
Elevating Equity – a statewide learning & action initiative
Communities in Conversation – bi-monthly rapid, think-tank virtual gatherings
Gathering Ground Summits – 9 statewide gatherings and counting
Crisis Briefings –10 week statewide briefings on COVID-19, and other issues
We Are Gathering Ground
10 years ago, we asked ourselves key questions about the power of action-oriented dialogue to repair community trust and social cohesion. Then and now, we affirm that decisions should be made by the same people whose lives are affected.