Sarasota County Residents Gather for High Tech High Touch Workshops

Image from High Tech High Touch SarasotaDuring the month of August SCOPE partnered with each of the municipalities and the Institute for the Ages to co-host a series of High Tech, High Touch Community Workshops throughout Sarasota County. The Sarasota workshop at the Robert L. Taylor Community Complex took place on August 20th, the Venice workshop took at Venice City Hall took place on August 23rd, and the North Port workshop (which included a live webinar component) at the Morgan Family Community Center took place on August 29th. Check out photos from the High Tech High Touch Community Workshops here.

At these workshops, community members gathered to hear the results of the qualities of life that mattered most to residents from last year’s series, Community Data 2.0, and to help narrow down the long list of Community Indicators we’ve been collecting as a county in high tech and high touch ways. Participants also provided valuable community knowledge about their cities by working in small groups to draw what kind of community they want to live in and sharing their artwork during the Community Art Gallery Tour.

Representatives from the Institute for the Ages shared how the work they are doing is inspired by both community data and community knowledge about Sarasota County. The I4A is an exciting local example of positive community change that was possible through the marriage of public and expert knowledge. Workshop participants left the room feeling energized and inspired. Some comments from the post-workshop surveys when asked what participants liked most about the workshop:

Community involvement on design and contributing to what "I" would like to see in the place I live.

Conversation with the attendees to learn about the real Venice.

The open discussion about the issues we face in improving the community in which we live.

Variable modes of participation - Not a boring moment! Including college and young adults as well as aging adults - (Ringling art student was great!)

Stay tuned for the findings on what are the most important Community Indicators, or the qualities of life that matter most, to residents of Sarasota County. These Community Indicators will form the structure of SCOPE’s next Community Report Card.