The Rhode Island Foundation is inviting Aquidneck Island residents to share their thoughts about their state and their community over a neighborly meal on March 28. The family style get-together is at the heart “TogetherRI,” a new initiative from the Foundation designed to get people talking face-to-face again in a time when interactions over social media are becoming increasingly coarse and divisive.

Neil Steinberg, CEO of The Rhode Island Foundation, joined me today on What’sUpNewp Radio Edition to chat about TogetherRI and what people should expect at and from the event

The conversation with Neil starts at 24:26, ends around 37:00 (before that you’ll hear me ramble about the Canadaway and after you’ll hear about what’s in the mailbag).

Wednesday’sevent will be at Rogers High School,15 Wickham Road, Newport, from6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.Doors open at5:45 p.m.The get-together is free and open to the public. People can register to attend, but RSVPs are not required.

The Newport event is among the 20 get-togethers scheduled across the state throughMay 5. The full schedule of events is posted

Independent, professional facilitators will guide the sessions. The University of Rhode Island’s Social Science Institute for Research, Education, and Policy will review the information shared at TogetherRI conversations and from brief, anonymous, participant surveys. The Foundation expects to announce the topline results at its annual meetingMay 24and to release a complete report this summer.

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