The driving question for Becoming WelcomeVille is:
How can we as a diverse community come together across national and cultural identities, organizational silos, and traditional boundaries to co-create a Kentucky that is more welcoming, hospitable, and empowering to our newest international populations.
Becoming WelcomeVille creates a dynamic process for new neighbors and long-time Kentuckians to connect across boundaries, discern collective wisdom, collaborate across sectors, and encourage the emergence and launching of new initiatives that serve the vision of a more welcoming and empowering Kentucky.
Becoming WelcomeVille invites both our new neighbors and long-time Kentuckians to envision and co-create new initiatives and programs.
Becoming WelcomeVille has four components
Becoming WelcomeVIlle Events
Friday Sept. 2 @ WorldFest (Global Village Tent)
Join us for conversations and collaboration as we connect our local and foreign born populations to discern good ideas and initiates for becoming a more empowering state to our new neighbors. Everyone is welcome, new neighbors, general public and stake holders
Friday Afternoon, Sept 2, 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
PosSOUPbility Social Innovation Prize
Time and Date TBA
Becoming WelcomeVIlle reaches its crescendo on Monday evening with a PosSOUPbilities events where the initiatives and project with the greatest possibility for systematic change have an opportunity to receive energetic and financial support. The Global Human Project and the Office of Globalization will assist winning ideas in become a reality.
WelcomeVille Idea Wall – “What’s Your Big Idea”
During WorldFest there will be an opportunity to for WorldFest participants to write down their best ideas, programs or initiatives for how Kentucky can become the most Welcoming State in the world.
Looking Beyond Boarders Benches (Hosted By Compassionate Louisville)
These benches invite strangers to sit across from one another and for four minutes look into each other’s eyes. This experiment was inspired by Arthur Aron to demonstrate that reconciliation between two strangers can and does happen when looking into a strangers eyes for four minutes.
Becoming WelcomeVille Sponsorships
There are two ways to participate in WelcomeVille: by becoming a participant and by financial sponsorships. We hope you will choose both!
Participation Sponsors agree to:
All participation sponsors will have their name and/or organizational logo featured on the sponsor board.
Financial Sponsorship Levels
$5,000 - Title Sponsors
$ 1,000 - Social Innovation Prize Sponsors (three needed)
$1,000 - Looking Beyond Boundaries Compassion Benches (two benches)
$500 – WelcomeVille Idea Wall
$100 – Conversation Café Table Sponsor
$50 – Sponsor a Student
@ WorldFest 2016
Friday, Sept 2 - Monday Sept. 5
Conversations and Innovations
for a More Welcoming Kentucky