Your participation was crucial to making The Big Table® an inspiring day of kindness and conversation. Together, you helped show what the central Ohio region can look like when we move forward together toward a brighter future.
The Big Table Report
Your participation was crucial to making The Big Table on October 6 an inspiring day of kindness and conversation. Thank you for playing a role in creating a strong, connected community where everyone is valued. Read highlights of participant survey responses, the topics we talked about, and what we are learning together in The Big Table Report.
Launched in 2016, The Big Table is a day dedicated to community-wide conversations. Through open, intentional dialogue, participants are empowered to imagine what the central Ohio region can look like when we move forward together toward a brighter future where everyone has a seat at the table.
Download The Big Table Fact Sheet for more information.
All throughout the central Ohio region! Conversations can take place anywhere – at a coffee shop, school, community center, library, house, place of worship, office building, parks, and even virtual spaces. There are many public Big Table conversations throughout central Ohio, including at Columbus Metropolitan Library branches, YMCA of Central Ohio locations, and more. Click here to find one near you!
After more than two tumultuous years, The Big Table is an opportunity to reconnect with our neighbors and remind one another of what our community can accomplish when we work together.
Overcoming social isolation, division, and a lost sense of community requires deliberate action and effort. Meeting new people, sharing our experiences, and spending time listening and learning from one another are crucial steps toward building a kind, connected central Ohio region where everyone has the opportunity to flourish.
Watch this video featuring Donte Woods-Spikes, previous Big Table host and local creative, on why you should take part in The Big Table!
Anyone can participate in The Big Table and everyone has a seat at the table! The more voices, experiences, and perspectives, the better.
For hosts, view the Host Guidebook (available in English, Spanish, Arabic, Somali, Dari, and Pashto) for more information on how to prepare for your Big Table conversation!
There are several ways you can take part in this community-wide effort. See below for more information on how you can host a Big Table conversation, register to participate in a Big Table event, and promote your involvement on social media using the hashtags #TheBigTable and #ForwardTogether.
Participate in a Public Conversation
If you have additional questions, please contact us at email@example.com.
As a host, you are committing to bringing together a group of people to collectively explore issues important to our community. Hosts believe in each person’s power to make a difference. Your conversation can happen any time on Thursday, October 6, and in any place where guests feel comfortable.
As a host, you will:
- Identify and secure a location and time for your conversation
- Register as a host to reserve supplies for your conversation
- Recruit 6-10 people for your Big Table conversation on Thursday, October 6, and coordinate RSVPs
- Pick up your Big Table conversation materials at The Columbus Foundation a week before the event
- Serve as your group’s conversation facilitator to create connection and ensure all voices are heard
- Complete a brief survey after your conversation and encourage your guests to do the same
View the Host Guidebook (available in English, Spanish, Arabic, Somali, Dari, and Pashto) for more information on how to prepare to be a host!
Questions? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check out this thread 🧵 of some amazing #BigTable conversations happening around central Ohio tomorrow!#TheBigTable is all about authentic, in-person conversations—but be sure to join the online discussion and tell us what you’re excited to talk about.#ForwardTogether (1/?)— Columbus Foundation (@colsfoundation) October 6, 2022
Here's what people are saying about #TheBigTable! Only two more days until we reconnect with our neighbors and meet new people for a day of meaningful community-wide conversations. Go to ➡️ https://t.co/OdV1l6Dd3k to join public tables at The Columbus Foundation & more. pic.twitter.com/FbJBMIBKYT— Columbus Foundation (@colsfoundation) October 4, 2022
The countdown is on! Only 3️⃣ days until we return to #TheBigTable on Thursday, October 6. Thank you to everyone who’s signed up to host or join a conversation. To help you get ready, here are three conversations tips featuring Big Table Ambassador @donteseyes: pic.twitter.com/sscDv5d5Ni— Columbus Foundation (@colsfoundation) October 3, 2022