Civic Engagement

The Fairfield Center is committed to creating dialogue and listening in communities, beginning in hometown Harrisonburg, Virginia.  Fairfield creates innovative programming that have a benefit local benefit, and that can be adopted by other communities.

Harrisonburg Summits

The Fairfield Center, having expertise in large-group dialogue processes, has created and successfully implemented a community dialogue model that overcomes the limitations of traditional conference design and maximizes the potential of many community members collaboratively discussing and addressing vital community issues.

Next Summit:

Harrisonburg Student-Citizen Summit
Creating Connections

Past Summits:

The OrangeBand Initiative

The OrangeBand Initiative began in 2003, and has since evolved as a program to promote listening.  The OrangeBand itself is a symbol of an interest in and commitment to practice listening at work and in life. The program is housed within the Fairfield Center.  See