We’ll Transform The World by Coming Together in Rockford
"Come Together Rockford" will be much more than a TV show.
Imagine a locally originated TV show everyone will watch and help create! People will gather every week in ongoing diverse groups of about ten people in living rooms and churches in and around Rockford, each group representing a rich diversity of people. We’ll share food (the “Welcome Table”) watch a TV show or DVD and talk. Using our Smart Phones, participants will capture conversations on video as a trained facilitator helps us transform conflict into connection. Volunteers using footage from our gatherings will create a weekly TV program. People will share their stories. We’ll help them make videos for each show. Magic happens when we see and hear each other’s stories. Our community will begin to embrace social integration across race, economic, faith, culture and other differences. No more disconnection, segregation or settling for mere “desegregation.” True connection and social integration, often forging deep lasting friendships. The show will become interactive using Skype, eventually becoming a world-wide phenomenon. The whole world will witness and emulate our Transformed Rockford!
This community-wide dialogue will be riveting television, Reality TV that’s real and interactive. We’ll become friends and partners, re-inventing our community – formerly polarized but now known for community in diversity – people having a heart connection. No longer passive “viewers,” we’ll all own the show, creating new surprises every week. Viewers will start additional groups. Eventually thousands will gather every week.
The concept is simple: We’ll experience the adventure of discovering fellowship and connection with people we otherwise would never get to know – even people we haven’t dared to try to get to know. Come Together Rockford will utilize the video we watch together and our reactions to it. We’ll use movies and the TV series Any Day Now, now available on Youtube! It features two women, best friends – with flashbacks of when they were little girls in Birmingham in the 60s. This show pushes buttons. It will provoke lively discussion and conflict that we’ll transform into dialogue leading to a heart connection.
As we talk, we’ll uncover strong feelings and needs, and instead of becoming alienated, we’ll learn to communicate powerfully and honestly, authentically and without judgment. We’ll all become familiar with Compassionate Communication and Restorative Circles, talking and listening so everyone can get their needs met. Facilitators will help us all learn how to transform conflict into connection and compassion. As people tell their stories, we’ll discover we have much in common, are enriched by our diversity, & committed to justice.
We will recruit volunteers to host (or participate) in “A Taste of Come Together Rockford.” Offer it in your home or church, inviting ten people to come, share food, watch the show, “Any Day Now,” and capture conversations and stories with smart phones. Celebrate community now. Please sign up or contact me.
Contact: Harlan Johnson firstname.lastname@example.org 815-968-5433 Cell: 815-494-5666