Event Information

Why Common Ground?

Why Common Ground?

The foundation and its community partners build this event each year to showcase the many Greater Clevelanders who want to bring people together in a unique way to build community.

Who should participate?

Who should participate?

Any Cuyahoga, Lake or Geauga County resident who cares about the future of our community and wants to be a part of a forward-looking conversation.

Where will it happen?

Where will it happen?

Common Ground events happen at locations across Cuyahoga, Lake, and Geauga counties and beyond. In 2021, we are encouraging people to gather safely in virtual events or at socially-distanced, masked outdoor spaces.

This Year's Theme

The 5th anniversary of Common Ground, beginning July 16, 2021, will be a two-week celebration of the work and passion of hundreds of community member hosts who will bring together thousands of people at events across our region. United by common questions, Common Ground conversations have the same goal: to create spaces where meaningful connections are made and purposeful actions begin.

Growing Common Ground: People, Place, Shared Power

This year as the world continues to shift around us, we invite you to join us to celebrate the 5th anniversary of Common Ground. While we may still be physically distanced, these conversations can connect us and strengthen community. To navigate our current reality and prepare for the future, we begin by acknowledging all that has changed and so much that has not. We continue learning by listening to the voices calling for justice, healing, and progress. We commit to grow together.

This summer, Common Ground invites the community to pick up the threads of past conversations and weave them together with new experiences to create a strong, resilient social fabric. Join your neighbors in conversations where we can listen to and learn from each other, deepen our understanding of the places we call home, and build a vision for our community that unites people across diverse and varied spaces to share power and opportunity.

Add your voice to the conversation and help grow Common Ground.

2021 Conversation Questions:

  • How can we strengthen the connections between us to build community?
  • Why does place matter?
  • What would it look like to share power here?
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Bring people together for conversations that matter.

Common Ground creates a forum for discussions that drive change. If you have a passion for making your corner of the world a better place, consider hosting a conversation of your own.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Common Ground is encouraging hosts to gather safely in a virtual meeting space or at socially-distanced, masked outdoor spaces. If necessary, Common Ground will change guidelines to require virtual gatherings, depending on guidance from the State of Ohio and the CDC.

To Host a Common Ground Conversation:

1. Decide on a date, location and time for your event during Common Ground: July 16-30.
2. Fill out the Host Registration form using the button below.
3. Build your event using Common Ground resources, trainings, and support
4. Connect with the community at your event
5. Complete post-event survey on that day
6. Use #CG2021 Action Plan events to take next steps on ideas you create

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Building Common Ground

Common Ground conversations have been the start of countless meaningful projects, large and small, that have moved our community forward as hosts and participants take action on the issues they care about.



Our History

$87k Total Small Grants

Total small grants that have been awarded to Common Ground-inspired projects around Northeast Ohio since 2017 through Neighbor Up and ioby match funds

$50k Estimated amount given to hosts

The estimated amount in proactive stipends given to hosts to support projects both related to Common Ground and otherwise

$24.1k Awarded

The total amount awarded to Get Out the Vote efforts as part of the Common Ground small grants program through Neighbor Up in 2020

115 Support Stipends

The number of support stipends given to Common Ground hosts

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