Research: Listening To Our Community
The Hanai Foundation recognizes that, as a community organization, it is our responsibility to learn as much as we can about our community from as many perspectives as possible. Our former Executive Director, Carli Smythe, completed a long term research project that has provided us a foundation of understanding from which to build. The Listening Project spanned 6 months and incorporated over 115 community members. Carli designed, facilitated and conducted the project with the support of a consultant and 7 volunteers . We had two goals: to connect with members of the community and to learn about their needs and concerns. Our results revealed an overall theme of longing for connection, with many people citing the things that keep us disconnected: rapid growth, comparison, divisive politics, and perfectionism. Some discussed the “loneliness epidemic,” a local and national phenomenon. The continued planning of Hanai will emerge from what we’ve learned from this project and an ongoing commitment to listening.