November 10th - December 11th, 2020
Please note that the above link serves as an RSVP for A Community Table: Election Edition. This is not a full registration link. You will receive more information in the coming days about how to participate in/host a table.
Join us for A Community Table: Election Edition Kick-Off at DUGC's Beyond Elections: Deliberation & Action for the Public Good Forum at 4pm on November 10th to kick off our month of A Community Table: The Election Edition conversations! We'll start with a series of brief and provocative lightning talks on our theme, then break into facilitated group conversations. Register for the Forum here!
As this divisive election cycle ends, we need space to listen, share, and build community now more than ever. Between November 10th and December 11th, we invite you to join us for A Community Table: Election Edition, an initiative for small groups to come together, regroup, process, and reimagine our future. We want to support you in building spaces with your friends, colleagues and relatives as we accept the election results and imagine our hopes for the world in 2021.
In partnership with DU DialogUes, The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and Community + Values, 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.
What do we hope to accomplish with A Community Table: Election Edition? We have three overarching goals:
Foster rich civic community conversations
Provide the tools and support for members of the DU community to host conversations
Deepen relationships and build community as we head into the new year
Interested in learning more? Click here to RSVP, and we'll send you the latest updates!
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.
How to Host A Community Table: Election Edition Conversation
Registration for A Community Table: The Election Edition will open soon. In the meantime, click here to RSVP. We'll send you the registration link and more information as soon as it becomes available.
So, how does A Community Table work?
Table hosts organize an online conversation for a group of people between November 10 and December 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 - COMING SOON
A Community Table: Election Edition Host Guide - coming soon
Facilitator Training Webinars - coming soon
This short webinar series covers everything you need to know to plan and host A Community Table. While you don't need to watch all of the videos at once, please do watch them sequentially. You can access the full video playlist here or use the links below to jump to a specific video.
- Video 1: An Introduction to A Community Table
- Video 2: Host Facilitation Overview
- Video 3: Facilitating the Content
- Video 4: Logistics & Resources
- Participant Recruitment Resources - coming soon
You are welcome to use any platform you like to host your conversation. You could even host over the phone if you wanted. While there are any number of web platforms available, we find Zoom, and Google Hangouts to be easy and useful platforms for A Community Table conversations. Below, please find resources and tutorials for those platforms.
If you're a DU faculty member, staff member, or student, you have access to the professional version of Zoom. If you're not affiliated with DU, you can still use Zoom for free. The Office for Teaching & Learning has a host of resources on the ins and outs of using Zoom on their website. We recommend the following tutorials to get you started:
- How Do I Host a Video Meeting on Zoom?
- Inviting Others to Your Zoom Meeting
- How to Share Your Screen in Zoom
- Preventing and Dealing with Zoom Bombing
Google Hangouts allows you to host meetings (Google uses the term "video call") with up to ten people for an unlimited amount of time. In order to use this platform, you and your guests must all have Gmail accounts. We have created the tutorial below on basic topics including how to set up a video call, invite your guests, and use functions like "chat" while facilitating your conversation. We also recommend perusing Google's Hangouts Chat Help Center.
Please contact us at CCESL.ACommunityTable@du.edu with questions.
Conversation Tools - coming soon
Below, you'll find everything you need for your conversation.
Please share the social media information with your guests at the start of your conversation. Tell the world about your ideas and insights!
Make sure to tell us, too, by completing the host survey and providing the participant survey link to your guests. DU Grand Challenges takes your feedback seriously and integrates the ideas you share into our collaborative programming.
Tools for you:
- Conversation Prompts (includes follow up questions and facilitation tips to keep the conversation going)
- Social Media
- Host Survey
Tools to share with your guests:
Not sure what to talk about? We invite you to peruse the resources below. Please note that these resources are not exhaustive. They are simply meant to be a conversation tools. If one of these issues resonates with you, you might consider sending the link to your guests beforehand to help orient the conversation. Please note that all resources are specific to Colorado.
- Education Access: Denver's Opportunity Gap
- Food Security
- Gender Equity in Denver
- Health Equity
- Immigration & Refugee Resettlement
- Resource Conservation
SHIFT RESEARCH LAB REPORTS
If you haven't heard of the Shift Research Lab, you definitely want to check them out. A program of the Piton Foundation, they provide reliable, objective data and analysis on some of Denver's most pressing issues. Check out their work below.
Families & Children
- Colorado's Youngest: A Profile of the 0-5 Population
- Early Childhood Development
- The Labor Market's Impact on Families
Faculty members are encouraged to host A Community Table conversations with friends, colleagues, community partners--whoever you like.
If you're specifically interested in integrating A Community Table into one of your courses, we encourage you to visit our A Community Table ePortfolio page for additional resources and tools.
Want a partner to co-host? Or not sure if you want to facilitate, but want to join a conversation? DU DialogUes can help!
Email Neda Kikhia, DU DialogUes Program Manager at email@example.com to learn more about co-facilitation opportunities and open conversations!
Please contact us at CCESL.ACommunityTable@du.edu. We look forward to hearing from you!