Last year Council announced a community wide effort to resume the kinds of community conversations that led to Kent’s Bicentennial Plan in 2003.
This new effort eventually took on the name the OneKent initiative to emphasize the desire to have these conversations enrich the sense of unity and common purpose in the “one” Kent that we all share.
The OneKent drafting board already has a lot of great ideas posted on it — achieving the international Compassionate City designation, welcoming City designation, assisting refugees, celebrating Kent’s people. With so many ambitious projects to choose from — where do we start?
Fortunately, Kent’s not the only community that holds big goals for the community close to it’s heart. We found an exceptional template/road map/process that has been used and refined in many communities all across the country — it’s called Community Heart & Soul.
The more we learn about the Heart & Soul process the more convinced I am that it’s exactly what we’re looking for.
Last week we had the pleasure of meeting with a representative from the founders of the Heart & Soul process and I thought I’d share my summary of the meeting that I also shared with City Council to keep them posted of our progress: