Community Conversations

You Talk, We Listen...

Common themes and aspirations for our community, ones you have revealed during library-led Community Conversations, include the following:

  • Unity
  • Welcoming
  • Connecting
  • Learning

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Stop by and share your aspirations for the community on our idea tree at the Salem-South Lyon District Library.

Facebook_logo_vector-6Click here to share ideas on our Facebook page.


Keep Talking

We thank you for sharing your aspirations with us, and we want to keep the conversation going! Since we value collaboration, compassion, gathering, and participation, please keep talking, and telling us: 

  1. What king of community do you want to live in?
  2. Why is that important to you?
  3. How is that different from how you see things now?
  4. What are some of the things that need to happen to create that kind of change?

Join a Community Conversation

To share, join or host a Community Conversation, contact Library Director, Donna Olson-  

What is the Harwood Institute?

Click here to watch a short video.

The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation is a nonpartisan, independent nonprofit that teaches, coaches and inspires people and organizations to solve pressing problems and change how communities work together. Founded by Rich Harwood in 1988, the Institute partners with some of the world's largest nonprofits and our tools and frameworks have spread to all 50 states in the U.S., across Australia and Canada, and have been used by individuals in more than 40 countries worldwide.

The people we teach and coach, called public innovators, are the leaders that move our communities forward. They come from nonprofits, businesses, government, the media, and educational and religious organizations. They are an essential ingredient to solving our most vexing challenges. We develop these individuals in a practice we call Turning Outward - using the community, not your conference room, as the reference point for your choices and judgments.