Greater Cleveland can now register to find “Common Ground”

Third year of community conversations set for Sunday, June 30, will focus on the environment and all its many forms: natural, physical, cultural, and more

Release Date: 6.12.2019

CLEVELAND – Individual registration for Common Ground 2019 is currently available at Taking place on Sunday, June 30, this marks the third straight summer the Cleveland Foundation has convened the community gathering, with last year’s event attracting more than 4,000 participants across 104 locations.

Common Ground is a day of community conversation that will bring thousands of Greater Clevelanders together around tables across Cuyahoga, Lake and Geauga counties to share a free meal and dialogue throughout one day. More than 60 host sites are already online, with more being added daily. The theme for this year’s edition of Common Ground is:

My environment was…

My environment is…

My environment will be…

“The environment – with all its different interpretations – was an easy choice for this year’s theme,” said Stephanie Hicks Thompson, Cleveland Foundation marketing & communications officer. “Our hosts have done an amazing job of crafting a wide variety of conversation topics, and we’re anticipating once again having more than 100 locations by the time Common Ground starts on June 30.”

For the second consecutive year, the foundation is partnering with Neighborhood Connections and ioby to provide facilitation training, action clinics, fundraising workshops and match funds for project ideas that emerge from Common Ground conversations on June 30.

Support from Neighborhood Connections and ioby is designed to amplify resident ideas emerging from the Common Ground conversations, starting with a series of action clinics in Cuyahoga, Lake, and Geauga counties to be scheduled after the completion of this year’s events. Additionally, one-on-one and group project guidance will be available free of charge through Neighborhood Connections, while crowdfunding trainings will be conducted through ioby. The collaboration will provide match funding that will effectively double donations to ioby crowdfunding campaigns that help bring these ideas to life this summer. Follow-up materials and next steps will be provided at the conclusion of each Common Ground conversation. Following the inaugural collaboration in 2018, more than $26,000 was distributed to 44 different projects.

Visit for more information or to register to host or to attend a Common Ground conversation. New hosts are welcome through June 17 and individual registration will conclude June 28.

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