Dialogue

Reports

After many facilitations, the Zeidler Center generates a report which details major themes and individual contributions that arise during the dialogue. Unlike townhall meetings and other large group events, these reports are powerful records of all the participants' voices, presented in an anonymous and non-attributable way.  

 

The reports we produce for private facilitations with neighborhood groups, universities, organizations, churches, and businesses are confidential, and provide a wealth of quantitative and qualitiative data which can be used in strategic planning. 

 

Below you can read some of the reports on our public dialogues.

Sherman Park Police & Resident Listening Circles 2018 - 2019 Report

April 25, 2019

This report details participant responses and feedback during and after our 2018-2019 sessions (on Thursday, September 27, 2018; Thursday, October 25, 2018; Thursday, November 29, 2018 Thursday, February 21, 2019; Thursday, March 21, 2019; and Thursday, April 25, 2019). The executive summary (pages 9-25) identifies major themes of the listening circles, followed by a section offering an in-depth analysis of each dialogue.

Amani Police & Resident Listening Circles 2018 - 2019 Report

April 29, 2019

This report details participant responses and feedback during and after 2018-2019 sessions (on Monday, September 24, 2018, Monday, October 22, 2018, Monday, November 26, 2018, Monday, February 25, 2019, Monday, March 25, 2019, and Monday, April 29, 2019). The executive summary (pages 8-24) identifies major themes of the listening circles, followed by a section offering an in-depth analysis of each dialogue.

Madison Police & Family Listening Circle Report

May 30, 2019

The Madison Police & Family Listening Circle took place at the Sherman Middle School in Madison on Thursday, May 30, 2019. The topic of the listening circle focused on implicit bias.

Madison Northside Community Peace and Safety Program Report

April 30, 2019

Madison Community Dialogue took place at the Warner Park Community Recreation Center in Madison on Friday, April 26, 2019. The topic of the listening circle focused on safety in the community.

Metcalfe Park Police & Resident Listening Circles 2018 - 2019 Report

April 23, 2019

This report details participant responses and feedback during and after our 2018-2019 sessions (on Tuesday, October 30, 2018, Thursday, November 15, 2018, Thursday, December 13, 2018, Tuesday, February 26, 2019, Thursday, March 28, 2019, and Tuesday, April 23, 2019). The executive summary (pages 8-25) identifies major themes of the listening circles, followed by a section offering an in-depth analysis of each dialogue.

Milwaukee Police and Youth Listening Cirlce - Report from PYLC #7

May 01, 2019

The seventh Milwaukee Police & Youth Listening Circles session was hosted at Parklawn Assembly of God Church on May 1, 2019. Milwaukee police officers, and youth participated in five listening circles, each led by a trained facilitator from the Zeidler Center. The topic of this session was “Role Models and Motivation”.

Milwaukee Police and Youth Listening Cirlce - Report from PYLC #6

March 27, 2019

The sixth Milwaukee Police & Youth Listening Circles session was hosted at the Don & Sallie Davis Boys & Girls Club on March 27, 2019. Milwaukee police officers, and youth participated in five listening circles, each led by a trained facilitator from the Zeidler Center. The topic of this session was “Enjoying life in the neighborhood”. During the Facilitated Dialogue, each participant was given the opportunity to respond to two rounds of questions.

Harambee Police & Resident Listening Circles 2018 - 2019 Report

June 01, 2019

This report covers the Harambee Police & Resident Listening Circles from late 2018 to early 2019. Milwaukee police officers and neighborhood residents of Harambee took part in four listening circles that were led by trained facilitators from Zeidler Center. 

Madison PRLC 2 Report

November 28, 2018

The second Police & Resident Listening Circle was hosted at the Sherman Avenue United

Methodist Church on November 28, 2018. Madison police officers and residents participated in

several listening circles each led by trained facilitators from the Zeidler Center.

Madison PRLC 1 Report

October 24, 2018

The Police and Resident Listening Circle in Madison, WI took place on October 24, 2018. 

The Zeidler Center & C4CS would like to thank dedicated members of the neighborhood Planning Committee (residents, police officers, and coordinators) who have met together to start planning and co-designing this series of Police and Resident Listening Circles. We would also like to thank the host site, Sherman Avenue United Methodist Church for these discussions, as well as our partners.

Police and Youth Listening Circles Report

October 10, 2018

The fourth Police & Youth Listening Circles session was hosted at the Silver Spring

Neighborhood Center on October 10, 2018. Milwaukee police officers, police-in-training, and

youth participated in six listening circles, each led by a trained facilitator from the Zeidler Center.

Madison Community Report

October 03, 2018

The first Madison Community Dialogue took place at Sherman Ave. United Methodist

Church on October 3, 2018. The topic of the listening circle enthralled what defines and what

looks like a successful Police and Resident Listening Circle for community members participating

in the event.

Red & Blue Repor 4

September 06, 2018

The Across the Red & Blue Divide: Reforming Criminal Justice panel and dialogue took

place on September 6, 2018 at the Bavarian Bierhaus.

Invisible Imprints of Racism Report

August 14, 2018

Hip-Hop – Spoken Word – Dance – Dialogue facilitated by the Zeidler Center for Public Discussion.

Red & Blue Report 3 - Fake News

July 12, 2018

A conversation series about bridging the divide!

MKE Monumental Storytelling & Dialogue

May 31, 2018

The MKE Monumental Session was hosted at the Wisconsin Black Historical Society on May 31, 2018. Six listening circles engaged in an hour-long dialogue led by a trained facilitator from Zeidler Center!

Red & Blue Dialogue 2 - Higher Education

May 15, 2018

This report discusses the themes and thoughts shared during the second “Red and Blue Dialogue,” a conversation series sponsored by the Millennial Action Project and facilitated by the Zeidler Center. The dialogue took place on Tuesday, May 15th, 2018 at the Pabst Best Place in Milwaukee, WI. During the dialogue, participants were asked two questions about Higher Education by trained facilitators from the Zeidler Center.

March on Milwaukee: 50 Years in the Making – Marching on Youth/Elder Recognition and Re-ignition Session

May 19, 2018

The March on Milwaukee: 50 Years in the Making – Marching on Youth/Elder Recognition and Re-ignition Session facilitated listening circles took place on  May 19th, 2018 at North Division High School.

Media & Representation

May 09, 2018

The Fellows & Facilitators’ Media & Representation facilitated listening circles, a part of our Fellows and Facilitators in partnership with Ex-Fabula took place on May 9, 2018.

Fellows & Facilitators Series: Welcoming Community Dialogue

April 26, 2018

The report on one of our Fellows & Facilitators series, a partnership with Ex-Fabula.

Fellows & Facilitators Series: Talking to Children About Race Dialogue

April 03, 2018

The report on one of our Fellows & Facilitators series, a partnership with Ex-Fabula.

Red & Blue Dialogue 1

March 20, 2018

This report is the first in a series on political polarization.

Fellows and Facilitators Series: Interrogating Whiteness Report

February 13, 2018

The report on one of our Fellows & Facilitators series, a partnership with Ex-Fabula.

Fellows & Facilitators Series: Race & Place Dialogue

January 25, 2018

The report on one of our Fellows & Facilitators series, a partnership with Ex-Fabula.

2017 Police and Resident Listening Circles

May 01, 2017

The Zeidler Center believes that an important step in repairing relationships between law enforcement and communities of color in Milwaukee, is to come together in safe spaces that provide the opportunity for facilitated, face-to-face communication to co-create resident-based solutions. The Zeidler Center’s 2017 program included a series of listening circles in five Milwaukee communities:  Harambee, Metcalfe Park, Clarke Square, Sherman Park, and Amani. These listening circles create a platform for greater mutual trust and understanding, essential for establishing a constructive, collaborative environment for change.  Click below to read the reports from our 2017 series.  

Milwaukee County Budget Report

September 27, 2017

This report represents qualitative and quantitative participant feedback, gathered during the County Executive Input Groups for the 2017 Milwaukee County Budget. Sessions were held on August 15, 2017 at McGovern Park, on August 21, 2017 at Washington Park Senior Center, and on August 24, 2017 at Wilson Park Senior Center. Over 190 participants attended these sessions. The first session had 7 circles of participants, the second session had 12 circles of participants, and the third session had 12 circles of participants. All inputs were captured by the Zeidler Center facilitators anonymously and are presented in this report.

Bee the Change Final Report 2017

August 29, 2017

Bee the Change is a 4-way partnership between the Zeidler Center for Public Discussion, Redeemer Lutheran Church, Midnight Run and Beevanglists that works to train meal program guests to become "Beevangelists," certified in beekeeping and community workshops. 

The Circles of Compassion

May 11, 2017

Circles of Compassion: The Power of Forgiveness dialogue took place on Thursday May 11, 2017 at the Frank Zeidler Center for Public Discussion located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

 

The Forgiveness Project partnered on this dialogue and the event began with personal stories from Forgiveness Project storytellers, Pardeep Kaleka and Arno Michaelis. After the introduction, each listening circle contained 6-8 individuals and was led by one of the 9 Zeidler facilitators.

In the listening circles, participants participated in three structured question rounds where they were asked to respond to three different prompts:

• Talk about a time when you either forgave somebody or were forgiven. What did that experience teach you about forgiveness?

• What is one particular conflict in our society that you think could benefit from forgiveness?

• Where do you feel pulled in different directions when trying to use forgiveness in your personal life?

Fair Schools Final Report 2017

April 27, 2017

The event has featured listening circles with suburban teachers, families, students and community members.

 

Keynote: Reggie Jackson, MPS teacher and Head Griot, America’s Black Holocaust MuseumFacilitated by the Zeidler Center for Public Discussion (www.zeidlercenter.org)FeaturingEx Fabula Storytellers (www.exfabula.org)

2016 Police and Resident Listening Circles

November 22, 2016

The Zeidler Center believes that an important step in repairing relationships between law enforcement and communities of color in Milwaukee, is to come together in safe spaces that provide the opportunity for facilitated, face-to-face communication to co-create resident-based solutions. The Zeidler Center’s 2016 program included a series of listening circles in four Milwaukee communities:  Harambee, Metcalfe Park, Clarke Square, and Amani. These listening circles create a platform for greater mutual trust and understanding, essential for establishing a constructive, collaborative environment for change.  Click below to read the reports from our 2016 series.  

March on Milwaukee 50th Anniversity Brainstorm

April 21, 2016

Bridging the work of 1967 to 2017, honoring the history of what happened while translating its spirit to today's Milwaukee.

The following report documents participant responses to a public brainstorm, hosted by the Zeidler Center, inviting individual residents and those representing organizations to collaborate on ideas to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Marches in Milwaukee.

Creatives Brainstorm Series

December 20, 2015

A series of facilitated input groups discussing innovative ways to shape Greater Milwaukee Creative Industry's collective approach to becoming more inclusive so that all can participate, prosper, and reach their full potential.  A project of Greater Together.

Whiteness & Privilege: Zeidler Community Conversations Series

November 24, 2015

The report on one of our Zeidler Community Conversations, with approx. 130 participants!

"My Sister's Story" Intergenerational Women's Dialogue

March 18, 2015

In celebration of Women’s History Month (March 2015), the “My Sister’s Story” series hosted by FROM HERE TO HER Women’s Artist Collective, TRUE Skool, and the Frank Zeidler Center for Public Discussion, and featuring an art exhibition, spoken word showcase, and intergenerational dialogue in Milwaukee, WI. The exhibition partnered female visual artists and poets with individual women in the community — someone whose story may not otherwise be heard or told — to share their defining experiences through art and spoken word poetry. The intergenerational dialogue brought together over 40 women from the Greater Milwaukee area of diverse ages, races, ethnicities, abilities, orientations and neighborhoods of residence, to share life stories, build coalitions, explore assumptions and challenge prejudices in a safe environment. Participants represented women spanning the ages of 17 to over 70.

Constructive Interfaith Dialogue

July 07, 2015

A report on an interfaith dialogue between the students of the Mar Elias HS of Ibillin Israel visiting the US and members of Milwaukee's Muslim, Christian, Jewish communities.

 

Dialogue facilitated by the Zeidler Center, and in partnership with Prof. John Hobbins (UW-Oshkosh) and the Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee.

 

The Bucks Arena and Redevelopment in Milwaukee (Community Conversations Series)

May 13, 2015

The following report documents participant responses to the public discussion hosted by the Zeidler Center for Public Discussion on the Bucks arena and new development in Milwaukee.