130 attend Millennium Ten Action Planning event

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Last Tuesday evening, on June 19, one couldn’t find a more inspired group than the 130 people who attended Millennium Ten’s action planning event in the Great Hall in Codman Square. Residents and neighbors of Codman Square and Four Corners ate, talked, and planned together with the entertaining guidance of Millennium Ten’s steering committee. Paul Malkemes, Executive Director of The Boston Project Ministries - TNT Neighbors United, warmed up the crowd by applauding them for showing up, “Turn to your left and right and thank your neighbor for being here tonight with you.” Millennium Ten Coordinator, Jenna Tourje, shared data that had been collected in a community wide survey earlier this year. The data helped determine the Millennium Ten action areas for Codman Square and Four Corners: connectivity/communication (diversity), public safety, open space, youth, and economic development (jobs, businesses).


Daniel Willis, long-time resident and steering committee member, instructed the audience in a “World CafĂ©” style format - migrating from table to table, contributing their ideas about each action area and thinking about who needs to be at the table to make actions possible. For example, Rachele Burns (pictured) facilitated one of the Youth tables, which proved to be very popular among all participants including the impressive number of young people in attendance. Dozens of ideas about supporting the youth in the community were shared. This was the first of three action planning events to determine action plans around which a community contract will be created.

By the end of the event, several asked “Why don’t we do this more?” These and any other community members not able to make it to this first event may attend the second event on July 24, 6-8pm. Organizers are currently looking for a larger space to accommodate the great number of people involved.

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