July 28, 2018 – Akron Beacon Journal –
The city of Akron, Ohio is showing us how listening is an incredible benefit. The project — called Voices of North Hill: The North Hill Listening Project — is modeled on a project aimed at addressing racial tension in the rural American South.
Ultimately, over the course of 48 interviews in English, Spanish, Arabic, Swahili and Nepali, researchers with the International Institute said a common theme emerged:
“More than anything, participants wanted more relationships with their neighbors of all backgrounds,” researchers concluded in a 10-page report released Saturday. “They wanted a way to start breaking down barriers … the importance of community and the vision of neighbors-helping-neighbors carried through.”