Based on The CornerStone Initiative’s foremost value of focused listening, all initiatives guided by CornerStone are developed through dialogue with neighbors and conversations within the community.
Through “Front Porch Conversations”
- residents’ skills and experiences are learned,
- the local history is heard,
- the community assets are assessed,
- and common values and hopes for the community are discerned and discussed.
Some days, we have targeted and intentional walks through the neighborhood, with teams designated to cover specific streets to meet neighbors and hear their stories. Other days, we simply take a walk and end up visiting for an hour over a glass of tea with a new friend. Either way, our desire is to listen and learn, never make assumptions, and neighbors to make positive and sustainable improvements for their own community.