Every year Team Haverhill hosts Possible Dreams, an upbeat community conversation that celebrates Haverhill’s progress, elicits community aspirations, and fosters new connections.
Possible Dreams 2018 took place on Monday March 19 at Northern Essex Community College from 7-9 PM. It was a packed house and a lively evening of sharing ideas about the future of Haverhill and identifying action steps that will move those ideas forward. If you missed this unique community conversation, keep reading!
This “Possible Dreams” featured a special video, produced in partnership with the expert staff of Haverhill Community Media (HC Media). The video highlighted many voices from across generations of Haverhill residents, from every corner of the city. The video was captured during a series of focus groups hosted by Team Haverhill in the months leading up to the event. The focus group participants were engaged and insightful and contributed tremendously to this year’s event. The amazing team at HC Media hosted and recorded the focus groups and spend hours editing the videos into the final piece. These focus group highlight videos are available by clicking the following links:
Positives of Living in Haverhill – Possible Dreams 2018
Challenges of Living in Haverhill – Possible Dreams 2018
Closing Messages – Possible Dreams 2018
The evening included two-rounds of small group discussions focused on life in Haverhill today and both the positives and challenges of living in our city. Participants then discussed the highlighted ideas and individual community members came forward to spearhead specific issues by claiming a leadership role in taking the first action step.
If you missed Possible Dreams 2018 there is still plenty of ways for you to get involved! You can review the ideas that were claimed and contact the champion of the issue that most interests you. The full list is available by clicking: Possible Dreams 2018 Action Steps. The Haverhill Journal also featured a great post-event recap, viewable by clicking here.
Possible Dreams 2018 would not have been a success without the thoughtful participation of our residents and community leaders. Team Haverhill especially thanks HC Media, our focus group participants, the staff of Northern Essex Community College, all the table hosts and amazing volunteers that planned and pitched-in to make this event come to life.
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To see what was discussed at Possible Dreams in previous years, please view the Possible Dreams 2017 Meeting Notes, Possible Dreams 2016 Meeting Notes, Possible Dreams 2015 -Topic-Group-Reports, as well as compilation of results from 2008-2014. One important outcome from Possible Dreams 2014 was the first Haverhill Volunteer Expo. With initial leadership from the Haverhill YMCA, a consortium of four local nonprofits organized the September event, which featured volunteer opportunities with two dozen exhibiting organizations.
Several past Possible Dreams events led to major Team Haverhill initiatives: advocacy for single-stream curbside recycling, revitalization of the Haverhill Farmers Market, and the annual Team Haverhill’s River Ruckus festival.
Perhaps most important of all, the aspirations that are shared at Possible Dreams provide encouragement and guidance to all of Haverhill’s leaders, businesses, institutions, and volunteer groups, as we play our various roles in making Haverhill a strong, vibrant, and livable community.
Our year always starts with the Possible Dreams event. It’s a really upbeat, lively community conversation about the things we can accomplish as a city if we all work together.Alice Mann, President of Team Haverhill