This month at Gathering Ground
Here’s what we’re doing, resources we love, and what we’re excited about…
We’ve been busy doing…
Access to Nature Forum: Enhancing Outdoor Recreation for Individuals with Disabilities
On October 4, in collaboration with Pinelands Preservation Alliance, New Jersey Division of Disability Services, Rutgers University Bloustein School of Planning & Public Policy, and Duke Farms, we were delighted to facilitate a gathering of over 50 individuals from various backgrounds, including disability services, local and state government, disability justice, public and private land stewardship, philanthropy and business, among other, all committed to enhancing access to nature and outdoor recreation for individuals with disabilities.
Over the day-long series of ideation and action sessions, participants shared knowledge, resources, challenges, opportunities and action commitments on the intersection of access to nature and outdoor recreation and public policy; funding and fundraising for access initiatives; land stewardship and management; and accessible programming, and we’re excited to see this momentum of this day carried forward. If you’re interested in the larger work that this coalition is doing, we encourage you to get in touch with the Pinelands Preservation Alliance.
Communities in Conversation
This month’s Communities in Conversation was held on Wednesday, October 25, 2023. A vibrant, fast-paced, equity-focused, cross-sector think tank, Communities in Conversation is an opportunity for people to foster deeper connections, share knowledge and resources, and leverage these virtual gatherings as a springboard for statewide collaboration in advancing equity in our organizations.
We hope to see you at our next virtual convening on November 29, 2023 at 9:30 am.
Resources we are loving…
The Access to Nature planning team has prepared fantastic materials on accessible practices for all – check them out here:
- Report Release: Access to Nature for People with Disabilities: Barriers, Challenges, and Opportunities
- Reports for Download (via Box)
We’re also learning about the Consent Process of decision making:
- Fearless Culture: Make Good Decisions Faster: Move From Consensus to Consent
- Video of Consent Process in Decision Making from Sociocracy For All (below)
What we are excited about…
Last weekend, we attended the CSWAC conference on Building a Multiracial Democracy in Newark. We were delighted to be in community with so many others from across the tri-state region and nationally to dig into this topic.
The upcoming NJ Center for Nonprofits Conference coming up on December 6th! Spending a day with 700 of our friends and colleagues from the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors in impactful conversations? Yes, please!
Hope to see many of you there!