Talking Transition: Harris County has been an initiative of Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo to bring together thousands of Harris County residents from all walks of life to have our voices heard about issues that matter to us—from the education of our children to the fairness of our justice system—to share ideas, and to collectively inform the Judge’s priorities for her first year.
The initiative included a variety of ways to learn from residents, including a county-wide Survey (which has garnered 10,000+ responses), and Civic Saturdays, an event series that took place across Harris County on seven consecutive Saturdays between early February and late March, 2019 (which attracted residents from 50+ zip codes in the County and involved 200+ cross-sector organizations).
Who Supports This
Talking Transition: Harris County has been supported by Houston Endowment, Ford Foundation, and Episcopal Health Foundation. HR&A Advisors has provided technical assistance.
The initiative follows and innovates on previous iterations of Talking Transition events in New York City and Washington DC, pioneered by Open Society Foundations with support from other philanthropic organizations.