I was thinking to invite a multi-age group to the elementary school gym- though the playing fields could be interesting but maybe hard for half-deaf. The idea of a "pre-soak": asking questions of various groups, i.e., parents, seniors, town employees, other town residents through the town email/facebook, churchgoers, bar/restaurant patrons might also be good to get the conversation going and then meet with those most interested to continue the conversation. Perhaps some kind of safe potluck would be good.
Hi Peter, First I think it would be an invitation from towns/city districts - or if there is no leadership there, from individuals or groups, especially seniors since they have time, knowledge, experience- to begin the conversation and to start to envision how it might work for each individual school area. Schools are not often seen as a resource for the entire community- but the entire community pays for them- and it might be an excellent way to connect parts of a community that do not usually connect. Then when groups first come together, I think it would be important to think about who might still be missing and how to possibly include them or invite a representative. The rules of engagement would be determined by the groups though I like consensus for determining action steps. But I think really truly deeply listening to what brought people together for this issue is important as a first long step. Perhaps there can be local experts or people who have thought and acted more on this issue who might be invited but I think it's critical that people are comfortable and know they are experts on their own lives and limits. These are my first thoughts.