As United States citizens, we value our freedoms, especially our freedom to speak. As a civilized society, we understand the importance of being able to express our views and opinions as well as to listen to those of others. While we may not always agree, we value the person’s right to speak. Public forums provide a structured way for communities to come together and communicate effectively to foster understanding and work toward finding solutions to community problems.
Bridge, Jennifer, "Facilitating Community Forums" (2016). Community and Economic Development Publications. 12.