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Town Hall Event / The Power of One: Individuals Effecting Communal Change

  • New Haven Free Public Library 133 Elm Street New Haven, Connecticut (map)

Moderated by CT State Senator Gary Winfield

We are all aware of the great need for aid to fight inequity, oppression, poverty and violence abroad – but this need in our own community is equally great, and equally daunting. How can an individual citizen contribute locally in the most effective way? In her best-selling book A Path Appears: Transforming Lives Creating Opportunity (2014), the 6th Visionary Leadership Award recipient Sheryl WuDunn, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, asserts that all of us, whatever our income or social class, should be strategically altruistic.

Picking up from this past summer’s Town Hall discussion of active citizenship in New Haven, this community gathering will provide a forum in which to pose and address important questions about our responsibilities to and deliberate participation in improving our city. This forum intends to continue this coming June as part of the Festival's frank and productive discussions about race, justice, economic opportunity, and social disparity, and, above all, how to empower our community members to realize change both as individuals and in a group.

This event is FREE and open to the public. No ticket required, just show up!