Common Ground

Common Ground is a single-day initiative where people gather at locations across our region to share a meal, connect with one another, build community and take action on the issues they care about. Each year, individuals and organizations across Cuyahoga, Lake and Geauga counties bring family, friends, and neighbors to the Common Ground table to discuss this year’s theme. Are you in?



An illustration showing people on a Zoom meeting with the Common Ground logoThis year is different. Common Ground is working to respond to the conversations happening in our community. Learn more about how Common Ground is adapting in 2020 on our blog here.


Upcoming Common Ground Events


When IconWhen is it?

In 2020, Common Ground conversations will be happening throughout the summer and fall through October 4. View upcoming events here!

Who IconWho should participate?

Any Cuyahoga, Lake, or Geauga County resident who cares about the future of our community and wants to be a part of a forward-looking conversation. 

Where IconWhere will it happen?

In 2020, all Common Ground conversations will be held virtually using the video or phone conferencing tool of the host’s choice. Locations can be private, or registration can be open to the public. Registration tools and guidance for using Zoom as a meeting tool will be provided by the Cleveland Foundation.

What is Common Ground?

Common Ground is a day of community conversation. United by a common question, all Common Ground conversations have the same goal: to create spaces where meaningful connections are made and purposeful actions begin. For more information, check out our FAQ.

What is the theme for Common Ground 2020?

Join us to discover what happens when voices are counted, and the possibilities that are created when people come together as they are. Are you in?

Are you in for the opportunity to reflect on our community? Are you in for taking steps to support and improve this place we call home? Are you in to connect with the amazing people and good work being done in Greater Cleveland? When we come together to share our experiences, connections are made that enhance our neighborhoods and our lives.

This year, Common Ground is asking Greater Cleveland to say, “Count me in!”

How can I participate? 

We encourage you to read our blog about how Common Ground 2020 is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and other community needs. Residents can still get involved in Common Ground by hosting a conversation or participating in one or more. Conversation and promotional support will be provided via webinar and online support. For questions, please email us.

For hosts, virtual conversations can be held at any time through October 4. Due to the continued federal and state recommendations on social distancing, we request that no in-person Common Ground conversations be held. Your safety is important to us.

With that in mind, we adapted our Common Ground Conversation Guide to assist hosts in building their virtual events. The guide can be downloaded here:

Common Ground 2020 Conversation Guide