On October 17, GHCC successfully kicked off the first session of our 2013-14 Neighborhood Leaders Forums – a series of workshops for community leaders to learn from each other abou how to effectively address community issues. Residents from across north central Baltimore convened at the GHCC main office for a great meal and lively conversation.
Our first workshop began with the hot topic of conflict management. A natural part of life, conflict arises in every neighborhood at some point. Our veteran leaders shared their stories and ideas about how to balance interests and achieve win-win solutions. Harwood resident, Queen Addison, said that she was glad conflict management was addressed in the Forum because “sometimes it’s not clear how to deal with it.” She felt like the group session facilitated an easier and more open discussion.
Future Neighborhood Leaders Forum sessions will cover topics like how to develop new leaders and delegate work, or how to address vacant lots. Ednor Gardens resident Amy Greensfelder was particularly interested in “learning skills that are specific to Baltimore neighborhoods.” She pointed out that our hyper-local approach to working in north central Baltimore helps Forum participants generate ideas that honor each neighborhoods’ uniqueness.
If you are interested in attending GHCC’s next Neighborhood Leaders Forum on December 12, contact Ira Kowler at 410-261-3625.