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Talking about community values in Golden

Golden United hosts inaugural First Monday Community Dialogue

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One day, Lhakpa Sherpa’s young children pointed out that back in the small villages in Nepal, there aren’t many houses, but everybody knows each other so it seems as though you know a lot of people.

Here, the Golden restaurant owner’s children continued, there are a lot of houses, but you don’t know everybody so it seems as though you don’t know many people.

“Events like this,” Sherpa said, referring to Golden United’s inaugural First Monday Community Dialogue on Feb. 5, “can bring our community together.”

About 40 people gathered at the Sherpa House for the event. Golden United is a non-partisan resident-led, all volunteer group that formed about a year ago to bring the community together by identifying local values and taking action on these values for the betterment of the community as a whole.

The informal First Monday Community Dialogue meeting began with a brief introduction from Golden resident Tom Atkins on American values, with talking points prompted from concepts in Jonathan Haidt’s book, “The Righteous Mind.”

After the introduction, attendees had smaller, group discussions with the people sitting next to them at the table.

“There are significant differences that we need to talk about,” Atkins said. “But there are also common values, and overlapping values.”

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