The Big Table is a day of community building through conversations designed to strengthen and connect our community. Join the conversation!
On May 17, more than 5,000 residents are expected to participate in at least 500 conversations held across the region. The hosted conversations of 8-12 participants will revolve around a snack or meal, where people can express ideas about the strengths and challenges we face as a community.
Emphasis is not on finding immediate solutions, but rather on creating authentic human connection and civic engagement through the conversations that occur and the ideas that are shared. The Big Table will give participants an opportunity to share their thoughts about creating a promising future for our community together.
Join Us As A Host
Please consider becoming a host for these small-group conversations. Being a host is easy—it takes two minutes to register. Anyone is welcome to participate in The Big Table.
Please note: If you have completed the registration at the link above, you are a confirmed host. You will receive all future communications leading up to The Big Table via the email you signed up with. Thank you!
As a host, you volunteer to do the following:
Thank you for considering being a host! This is a community-wide effort and we are grateful for your dedication and partnership.
Take a few minutes to register or share with a friend.
Find helpful tips to create your fun, successful Big Table experience! The toolkit has four parts. Download and print the parts that are most helpful to you, or download the full toolkit below.
Preparing For Your Conversation. Explains your host responsibilities, offers tips on locations and refreshments, and contains an example email invitation for your use.
The Conversation Guide. Helps you get the most out of your conversation with prompts, organization tips, and also the simple yet very important post-conversation duties of hosts.
Social Media Tips. Helps you connect and share your #TheBigTable experience with others. While social media should be a supplement to, not a focus of, your conversation, it’s a great way to extend connections with your guests and other participants.
Host Information Sessions
There will be two host information sessions at The Columbus Foundation's Davis Hall (1234 East Broad Street, Columbus, OH 43205).
The first, a question & answer session, will take place on Monday, April 24 from noon-1:00 p.m. You will have the chance to meet other hosts, ask questions, and learn more about The Big Table. RSVP HERE.
The second, a host orientation, will take place on Wednesday, May 10 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. Learn more about how to guide your conversation, share your Big Table ideas, and get your supplies. RSVP HERE.
Additional Host Information
Please note: If you have completed the registration at this link, you are a confirmed host. You will receive all future communications leading up to The Big Table via the email you signed up with. Thank you!
Check out ways to get more information about being a host:
Host Or Join A Conversation With New People
If you’re interested in connecting with new people, consider serving as a conversation host or participating in one of our public partner locations including the Columbus Metropolitan Library, Jeni’s Scoop Shop, Donatos, and Hot Chicken Takeover.
The Big Table Partners
Look Back on The Big Table 2016
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