My Miami Story conversations spark dialogue and civic solutions
and had a sense of how to address their concerns. Building on the momentum of Connect Miami and with additional support from Knight Foundation, the initiative is on track to nearly double resident participation this year.
My Miami Story is part of a larger national initiative, supported by the Knight Foundation in 10 cities across the country, which aims to bring residents together in small mealtime conversations to talk about ways to make their neighborhoods stronger, safer and more dynamic. It is based on the success of The Chicago Community Trust’s On the Table initiative.
Chris Caines, Knight Foundation interim program director for Miami, shared that My Miami Story conversations highlight the incredible diversity and possibilities present in communities. Bringing together Miamians of all backgrounds and experiences to discuss pressing issues and collectively develop solutions to challenges is needed now more than ever. At the same time, as part of their national initiative, it is a chance to share lessons with cities across the country.
Several leading Greater Miami organizations and residents have signed on as conversation hosts this year, including Cynthia Curry, executive vice president at Florida Memorial University; Stephanie Sylvestre, chief programs officer at The Children’s Trust; Marlon Hill, attorney and board member, Orange Bowl Committee and Miami Book Fair; and Jason Taylor, pro football hall of famer and Founder, Jason Taylor Foundation.
Anyone can sign up to host a My Miami Story conversation. Hosts will receive a simple toolkit with tips on planning and guiding the discussion. The Miami Foundation also invites all conversation participants to register as guests to ensure they receive a postsurvey. If a resident would like to participate as a conversation guest but does not already know of one to attend, they may register as a guest and the Foundation will connect them with the host of an open conversation. To register as a host or guest and for more information, visit mymiamistory.org.