Kirkland to Host Community Dialogue Series

The City of Kirkland will be hosting a series of free community dialogue events in July on the topic of gun safety and community safety. These community conversations will utilize the City’s new KirklandTalks dialogue model.
KirklandTalks is a dialogue format that emphasizes listening to understand. Participants will be guided through a structured discussion format in a small group in which everyone will have an equal chance to share. The purpose is to hear different perspectives without the need to debate or defend.
“The City Council has been seeking input from the community on the topic of gun safety and community safety, which was the purpose of our town hall and the various focus groups and interviews,” said Mayor Walen. “The purpose for the upcoming KirklandTalks is different: this program is just about coming together as a community and sharing personal stories in an effort to expand awareness of our neighbors and their experiences.”
The discussions at KirklandTalks will not be used to provide feedback to the City. Conversations will not be documented or recorded. The dialogue is intended to provide community members an opportunity to reflect on the issues, share and listen to one another.
Three KirklandTalks events are currently scheduled:
·        Saturday, July 7 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Registration information:https://kirklandtalksjuly7.eventbrite.com
·        Monday July 9 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Registration information:https://kirklandtalksjuly9.eventbrite.com
·        Thursday, July 19 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Registration information:https://kirklandtalksjuly19.eventbrite.com
More information on all of the events and outreach methods mentioned in this release, including registration for KirklandTalks, can be found at www.kirklandwa.gov/gunsafetyandcommunitysafety.

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