8:30 – 10:00 AM
Thelma Burns Building
The Day 3 panel, concurrent field trips, and follow up discussion will help conference participants apply concepts from Days 1 and 2 from a local perspective. Participants will understand city-wide and neighborhood applications, learn with and in communities, and contribute ideas in learning exchanges with panelists and local organizers. The morning panel will highlight Massachusetts and the City of Boston as an inspiring example of social connectedness approaches, promising practices, local solutions, and challenges in creating a cohesive community.
10:15 – 12:30 PM
Participants will see and learn from nonprofit organizers, partners, and community members as they describe how they create social connection within the neighborhoods where they live and work. We encourage active engagement by participants to ask questions, share ideas, and contribute to these rich conversations. Four concurrent field trips will visit nearby neighborhood sites where local solutions are taking place. (Due to limited space, participants are asked for their first and second field trip choices in advance.) A concurrent “World Café” session option is also available at the Thelma Burns Building during the field trips for participants who prefer to engage each other around their own social connection topics of interest. All shuttles will depart from and return to the Thelma Burns Building prior to lunch.
12:45 – 1:45 PM