A Community Table Is Here!

Register Your Conversation Today! 

COVID-19 Update

We need to talk.

As we heed calls for physical distance, community and connection are as important as ever. In the face of fear and uncertainty, there is power in imagining the future we want to build together. A Community Table is about just these things: community, connection, and our future together.

A Community Table is now 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. 

Here are the changes we’re making to adapt to the virtual environment:

  • You can now host one (or more!) A Community Table conversations online any time between March 30 and June 11.
  • Starting on March 30th, materials will be available to support you to host these important remote conversations. In addition to our traditional facilitation guide and conversation prompts, you’ll be able to access information on the best web platforms for A Community Table, step-by-step instructions on how to use those platforms, and more.
  • We are partnering with DU DialogUes and Inclusion & Equity Education to create facilitation training webinars as well as ongoing support opportunities for facilitators between March 30 and June 6.
  • You can use the online meeting platform of your choice (for example, Zoom, Skype, Google Hangouts). CCESL staff will soon announce a schedule for providing real-time basic technological support for hosts and their guests. Stay tuned for details on this website.  

Our goals for A Community Table remain the same: To foster rich civic dialogue among participants, build community capacity to solve public problems, and 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.

Materials and resources will be available on this page on March 30th. Please note that these resources will be open source. If you have any questions about the transition, please do not hesitate to contact us at: ACommunityTable@du.edu.

What are you waiting for? Start the conversation. Together, we can build a better future for us all.

Find the registration form here.

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. 

Host A Community Table Conversation

Registration for the 2020 A Community Table is now open. Register here.

Table hosts organize an online conversation for a group of people between March 30 and June 11. 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!

Virtual Host Resources