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The Big Table
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Mark your calendars! Join The Big Table for a day of community building across the central Ohio region on August 29, 2018.

The Big Table® is a day of community building through conversations designed to strengthen and connect our community. Open, thoughtful conversations will spark new relationships and new ways for working together by deepening our understanding of each other and what our community needs. This year, The Big Table is taking place on August 29, 2018.

Any and all are welcome and encouraged to host or join a Big Table conversation! (See Host Responsibilities below.) Registration will be opening soon! 

Subscribe to The Big Table email list to be the first to know. 


In Review: Look Back at The Big Table 2017

On May 17, 2017, about 5,000 people from more than 30 different cities gathered around hundreds of tables to discuss what challenges and strengthens central Ohio.

The Big Table conversations brought thousands of people together today to talk, listen, and learn from one another—an important step in connecting us as individuals and as a region.

— Douglas F. Kridler, President and CEO, The Columbus Foundation

"The thoughtful dialogue happening at so many tables inspires us to build a stronger, connected community. Good ideas come from everywhere—sparking innovative collaborations that have the power to improve lives," said Kridler.


In Review: Look Back at The Big Table 2016



The Big Table Report


After The Big Table, The Columbus Foundation sent a survey to registered Big Table hosts who distributed it to their guests. The Big Table Report discusses the highlights of their survey responses and what we are learning together.



Keep In Touch 

We hope The Big Table is only a starting point in sparking conversations, and that all participants continue to talk and listen to each other about how to make our community better. This is a day focused on community-building—but The Big Table is always open for conversation.

Subscribe to The Big Table email list for updates and news.

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Host Responsibilities

Serving as a host for The Big Table is easy and rewarding!


As a host, you volunteer to do the following:


  • Invite 8-12 people for a conversation on August 29;
  • Find a suitable location for the conversation;
  • Provide some food and drinks, ranging from snacks to full meals, to enjoy with your guests during the conversation;
  • Serve as the conversation leader;
  • Complete a brief survey regarding your conversation experience;
  • Encourage your guests to respond to the brief survey as well.


Thank you for considering being a host! This is a community-wide effort and we are grateful for your dedication and partnership.




It only takes two minutes to register. Know a friend who would love to host as well? Share this link with them!