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August 28, 2019
The Big Table

Join us on August 28, 2019 for The Big Table®, a day of community building through conversations designed to connect and inspire central Ohio! Through open, thoughtful conversations, we will spark new relationships and new ways for working together by deepening our understanding of each other and what our community needs.


Any and all are welcome and encouraged to host or join a Big Table conversation!

Host a

Serving as a host for The Big Table is easy and rewarding! Read the Host Guidebook for everything you need to know about hosting a conversation.

Sign up to host a conversation
Join a Public

Companies and organizations around the city are hosting Big Tables and they welcome you to join their conversations. If you’re interested in connecting with new people, sign up to participate in a conversation at the Columbus Metropolitan Library, Jeni’s Scoop Shops, and more!

Sign up to join a public conversation

Join us for The Big Table Information Session on Wednesday, July 24 from noon to 1:00 p.m. at The Columbus Foundation (get directions). You’ll have the opportunity to meet other Big Tablers, ask questions about guiding your conversation, and hear from others about their Big Table experiences. This session is open to anyone, so invite your friends and colleagues to join you!


Host Information & FAQs

What are my responsibilities as a host?

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 28;
  • Find a suitable location for the conversation;
  • Provide some food and drinks, ranging from snacks to full meals (your choice!), to enjoy with your guests during the conversation;
  • Serve as the conversation guide;
  • Direct your guests to take the Snapshot Poll;
  • Complete a brief survey after your conversation and encourage your guests to do the same.



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

How do I get involved?

It's easy! Pick how you want to participate in The Big Table from the options below. Click that link, and complete the form in two minutes or less. Your leadership makes the difference and we are grateful for your support!


Host a Big Table Conversation:
Participate in a Public Conversation: 


Feel free to share these links with your friends! Anyone can host or join a conversation.

How do I prepare for the conversation?

Find helpful tips to create your fun, successful Big Table experience! To help you prepare as the Big Table conversation host, the Host Guidebook walks you through what to do before, during, and after your conversation. With text to use when inviting others to your Big Table as well as social media tips, it has everything you need for a great conversation. 




Where can I learn more about being a host?

We promise anyone has the ability to host a conversation! It's easy. To help you feel prepared, we've created an entire Host Guidebook that walks you through the steps. VIEW THE GUIDEBOOK


Additionally, there will be two information sessions at The Columbus Foundation (directions here).


While attendance is optional, you’ll have the opportunity to meet other Big Table hosts, ask questions about guiding your conversation, and hear from others about their past Big Table experiences.


Information Session 1: Wednesday, July 24 from noon-1:00 p.m. RSVP TO ATTEND

Information Session 2: Monday, August 12 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. RSVP TO ATTEND

When can I pick up the conversation supplies for my Big Table?

We provide all registered Big Table hosts with conversation supplies! The supplies include items for your guests to aid the conversation and make it even more fun and engaging.


Your conversation supplies may be picked up starting on Wednesday, August 14 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Is there any cost for hosts?

Hosts are encouraged to plan conversations that match their resources – their time, space and budget. Big Tables have been very engaging and productive when held in living rooms, libraries, backyards, workplace breakrooms, public parks and schools, college classrooms and other no- or low-cost spaces. Experienced hosts say that great conversations happen around any table, whether there is chips and salsa or full-course meals.


Can I change/cancel my host or participant registration?

To change or cancel your host or participant registration, please contact

As a host, what do I need to do after my Big Table conversation?

After The Big Table has ended, you will receive a brief survey via email from The Columbus Foundation to assist you in providing your feedback about your conversation. Please forward this survey to your conversation participants and take the survey yourself. Furthermore, feel free to share any additional information not requested by the survey to


What else can I do to help?

Spread the word! Invite your family, friends, colleagues, and neighbors. Our community will be buzzing on August 28, and we hope to make this the biggest Big Table yet! Share why you're excited to connect and inspire at The Big Table using the hashtag #TheBigTable.


You can also stay up to date on the latest Big Table news by RSVPing to the Facebook event and following us on FACEBOOK, TWITTER, INSTAGRAM, and LINKEDIN.


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

More questions?

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