NEW "BEACON"INGS

The Beacon Initiative offers communities the opportunity to reset how neighbors engage and interact with each other. We help communities create new beginnings – or new Beaconings – where conversations help change how people perceive difference.

The Beacon in our name is short for “Be a Conversation” – encouraging people to be a conversation on hope, be a conversation on seeing others’ humanity, be a conversation on valuing others.

The reality is, however, a single conversation isn’t enough. Just as with learning anything new, repeatedly exercising the skill is key to behaviors becoming automatic. As a result, The Beacon Initiative has identified multiple types of conversations to be held throughout the year to encourage community members to learn to celebrate and value the differences within the community.

 

THE BEACON INITIATIVE EVENTS

SMALL GROUP EVENTS - PERSONAL CONVERSATIONS

Small group events are designed to facilitate intimate conversations between as few as two people or as many as fifteen people. They allow people to explore their differences in very personal terms in a comfortable setting that is more likely to encourage the development of a rapport between the participants.

 

POTENTIAL EVENTS

  • Hobby Discussion (open to all)
  • Teaching a Skill (open to all)
  • Hosted game night
  • Mentoring / Coaching
  • Exploring about a Difference

LARGE GROUP EVENTS - COMMUNITY LEARNING

Large group events bring together many members of the community to address a specific goal dealing with the acceptance of differences. Generally, large group events will be led by a facilitator who interacts with guest speaker(s) and/or the audience. The goal of large group events will always be for attendees to feel more inspired to continue on the journey to being more open to celebrating and valuing difference.

POTENTIAL EVENTS

  • Get to know your neighbor speed networking events
  • Panel discussion on bias in our lives
  • Presentation on civil conversations between people with differing political views
  • Panel discussions on the roles of music in various faith traditions
  • Dinner honoring members of our community who demonstrate a commitment to valuing others

EXPERIENTIAL LARGE FORM - KNOW YOUR NEIGHBOR

Experiential large form events are an opportunity for the entire community to be exposed to the differences shared by their friends and neighbors. They give us a chance to experience first hand how diverse and vast the experiences are of the people who live within our community. They also give community members an opportunity to be proud of their differences and to share them with the rest of us.

POTENTIAL EVENTS

  • Get to know your neighbor speed networking events
  • Panel discussion on bias in our lives
  • Presentation on civil conversations between people with differing political views
  • Panel discussions on the roles of music in various faith traditions
  • Dinner honoring members of our community who demonstrate a commitment to valuing others

TOURS & CULTURAL VISITS - IMMERSION IN DIFFERENCE

Tours and cultural center visits give the members of our community an opportunity to learn about each other in an environment designed for learning. Going beyond opportunities in the local community, these events are designed to expose participants to history, heritage, culture and values of our neighbors.

POTENTIAL EVENTS

  • Group visit to Jewish Museum in New York City
  • Bus trip to The National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC
  • Visit The Newark Museum for a children’s focused activity
  • Take a group guided tour of New York City or Philadelphia neighborhoods
  • Group visit to the Asian Art Museum in New York City