A Community Table: Democracy Edition

This is how we bring back the unity of community.

Update: We will not be hosting A Community Table events for the 2021-2022 academic year 

We are a nation brought to the brink. It's up to each one of us to help bring it back, through meaningful dialogue and solutions-oriented conversations about the issues that matter most to you and your community, in spaces that challenge while they protect and allow you to work toward a better tomorrow, together. 

A Community Table is an online platform through which you can engage in structured, meaningful, solution-oriented conversations about the issues that matter most to you and your community. DU Grand Challenges provides the tools (sample invitations, conversation guides, facilitation training webinars, and more) that you need to host a  conversation. You choose when, on what platform, and with whom to have that conversation. It's that simple. 

Interested in hosting A Community Table: Democracy Edition conversation?
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All of our materials are online, free, and available to download at anytime. In addition to our traditional facilitation guide and conversation prompts, you can to access information on the best web platforms for A Community Table, step-by-step instructions on how to use those platforms, and more. You can use the online meeting platform of your choice (for example, Zoom, Skype, Google Hangouts). 

What do we hope to accomplish with A Community Table? We have three overarching goals:

  • Foster rich civic dialogue
  • Build community capacity to solve public problems
  • Identify opportunities to partner with you to tackle grand challenges.

We look forward to hearing your voice about issues that matter to you and how you think DU and the community can collaborate to address them. As with all Community Tables, we will use the information to continue to inform our efforts and planning for the coming academic year.

A huge shout out to our friends in DU DialogUes and Inclusion & Equity Education for collaborating with us to create our new A Community Table materials!  We so value and appreciate you sharing your time, energy, and wisdom with us. All things are better when we work together!

A Community Table is modeled after The Chicago Community Trust's On The Table event. We offer our sincere thanks to the Trust for their encouragement and support for replicating their model. 

And yet the dawn is ours
before we knew it
Somehow we do it Amanda Gorman, America's first-ever youth poet laureate

Host A Community Table Conversation

Table hosts organize an online conversation for a group of people. Groups between 5 and 10 people work really well!

Hosts are responsible for:

  • Registering your conversations
  • Picking a date, time, and an online platform on which to meet
  • Inviting guests (whoever you want!) and communicating when and on what platform you'll meet
  • Reviewing the Table Host Guide and watching the facilitation webinars
  • Facilitating your conversation 
  • Encouraging participant to complete the post-survey
  • Completing your host survey

We also ask that you encourage participants to host their own conversations. Let's keep building our communities!

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