On the Table 2019 In the News

January 2, 2020 by On the Table NLN

Since On the Table was first developed by The Chicago Community Trust in 2014, the initiative has truly grown into a national movement. From coast-to-coast, residents are coming together to talk about the issues most important to them and committing to drive positive change in their communities.

Here’s a quick wrap up of some – definitely not all – On the Table headlines from this year:

  • Milwaukee Magazine credited the Greater Milwaukee Community Foundation for not only starting important conversations through On the Table, but “walking the talk” through their Ideas to Action grants that funded 16 projects across the community.
  • Hundreds shared ideas at the University of Denver’s second annual A Community Table. Coming out of last year’s conversations, the school's Center for Community Engagement to Advance Scholarship and Learning (CCESL) created four Collective Impact Cohorts that have been tasked with creating measurable change around the issues raised at the table.
  • The Southwest Florida Community Foundation and the FutureMakers Coalition hosted conversations this fall, and key issues such as education and transportation rose to the top – as did the need for ongoing collaboration.
  • A desire for increased connection within communities was also the topic of this article about On the Table in Columbus, GA, hosted by the Community Foundation of the Chattahoochee Valley.
  • This year’s The Big Table, hosted by the Columbus Foundation, asked participants to talk about the future of Columbus. One local community leader focused his group’s conversation – which included high school student leaders – into the issue of gun violence.
  • In Chicago, this year’s conversations were framed around the creation of a “Memo to the Mayor” from The Chicago Community Trust, aimed at giving the city’s new administration some grassroots perspective on tackling inequalities. One of the conversations was hosted by the Chicago Sun-Times, which then editorialized on the needs in Chicago’s neighborhood schools.

We also loved this conversation between Lilly Weinberg from Knight Foundation and Kathryn Dennis of the Community Foundation of Central Georgia about why Knight decided to fund On the Table conversations in their region. 

If your community implemented On the Table conversations would like to be included on our community map, email us at info@onthetablenetwork.com.

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