Common Ground: Sunday, June 30, 2019

Click here to download the Common Ground 2018 Community Survey results

On a single day, you can be a part of an exciting region-wide initiative to explore our community’s power to communicate and connect in order to build a stronger, safer and more dynamic home. Common Ground creates a network of community conversations where residents can meet, share a meal, connect and discuss our 2019 theme:

My environment was…
My environment is…

My environment will be…

Our surroundings shape who we are as individuals. They influence our collective identity. Whether it is our built environment of homes and streets, our social or cultural environment in which we were raised, or the natural environment that surrounds us all, the world around us impacts us deeply.

This summer, Common Ground will bring the community together to discuss this impact — past, present, future. How has your environment changed? How is it better? How can we work together to keep improving?

When IconWhen is it?

Common Ground will take place on Sunday, June 30, 2019. Hosts can plan their mealtime conversation for any time during the day that works for them. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, or anything in between – the choice is yours!

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?

Common Ground conversations can be held in any location. Previous events have been held in homes, parks, churches, and libraries. Locations can be private, or registration can be open to the public. Registration tools 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.

How can I participate?

Residents can get involved in Common Ground by hosting a conversation or participating in one or more on June 30. Registration, conversation facilitation, and promotional support will be provided to all Common Ground hosts, but registration is required. You can download a copy of our 2019 Host Guide here.

Host a Conversation 

Learn more about hosting and sign up here. Work with your neighbors, co-workers or friends to host a conversation on June 30 in the space and at the time of your choosing.

View #CG2019 Events 

View our #CG2019 Trainings, FredWalksCLE and upcoming Common Ground Events. Registration for Common Ground events on June 30 will open May 1.

Learn more at Information Sessions in Cuyahoga, Lake and Geauga counties

Curious about what Common Ground is all about and interested in learning more? Join us for an in-person or online information session to learn how to get involved on June 30. 

april 2 | HIVE Makerspace at Lakeland Community College, 6-7 p.m. 
april 11 | Webinar, Noon-1 p.m.
april 16 | Lakewood Public Library Main Library, 6-7 p.m.
april 17 | Parma-Snow Branch of Cuyahoga County Public Library, 6-7 p.m.
april 25 | webinar, Noon-1 p.m.
May 16 | webinar, Noon-1 p.m.

Common Ground 2019: FredWalksCLE

A neighborhood event series exploring our natural environment

FredWalksCLE events highlight the natural spaces that nourish and sustain our region, the ambitious projects that aim to improve and protect them, and the individuals doing the work that makes Greater Cleveland an amazing place to call home.


#CG2019 FredWalksCLE: Stewarding the Beauty of Nature and History

June 15 | Nature Center at Shaker Lakes

1:30 p.m.

This exploratory hike around Lower Lake in the Doan Brook Watershed will highlight how local residents have committed to shaping their local park and its biodiversity. We will learn how to apply their experience to our own worlds, whether in our back-yards or at the community level.

The hike will begin at the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes, traveling over to and around Lower Lake. On our journey we will learn about the history of the lake and how removing invasive plants and planting native species helps keep the habitat healthy.

This hike is co-hosted by Kim Smith from Journey on Yonder (JOY), Friends of Lower Lake, The Doan Brook Watershed Partnership and the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes. Participants will receive a native plant to take home with them following the hike.