WHAT: On the Table is a one-of-a-kind initiative, organized by Akron Community Foundation, where thousands of diverse residents from all walks of life and socio-economic backgrounds gather to share a meal and discuss meaningful ideas to strengthen our community. It’s an opportunity to shape our region into a strong, vibrant, safe and dynamic place to live and work.
WHEN: October 3, 2017
WHO: Anyone who lives, works, worships or attends school in Summit and Medina counties is invited to host a mealtime conversation.
WHERE: Conversations can be hosted in homes, restaurants, coffee shops, schools, libraries, offices, parks, places of worship and other community locations. They can be formal or informal, sit- down, picnic, brown bag or potluck. They may happen over breakfast, coffee, lunch, dinner, dessert or a snack – it’s entirely up to the host.
WHY: We know that big ideas can spring from small conversations and that people invest in what they help create. While there is no “quick fix,” progress can result from residents, organizations, businesses, foundations, and government agencies sharing ideas and working together. Our community-wide mealtime conversations will generate new ideas, inspire bold solutions, and provide opportunities for investment.
We genuinely want to hear every voice, not just the usual suspects. This initiative will give us the opportunity to engage and listen to our neighbors about the priorities and aspirations of our region. After the conversations, participants will be invited to complete a short email or paper survey about the big ideas, themes and priorities that were discussed in their gatherings. From these responses, Akron Community Foundation will share a report highlighting the ideas, conversations and outcomes that emerge from On the Table Greater Akron. This data will help inform some of the community foundation’s proactive grantmaking.
The Chicago Community Trust created the On the Table initiative in 2014 and has hosted conversations every year since. In 2017, Akron Community Foundation, along with 9 other community foundations across the U.S., replicated the program with funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
Questions? Contact us at:
345 W. Cedar St., Akron, OH 44307