Many Voices Were Heard.
On May 12, 2014, in every Chicago neighborhood and many suburban communities, thousands of residents came together to break bread and discuss how to collaboratively build and maintain strong, safe and dynamic communities. This imaginative public square, an initiative The Chicago Community Trust called On the Table, was designed to commemorate the Trust’s 99th anniversary and to generate new ideas, inspire bold solutions and cultivate relationships and collaborations to improve communities region-wide.
The Trust invited the University of Illinois at Chicago’s (UIC) Institute for Policy and Civic Engagement (IPCE) to partner and assess the impact of On the Table. The report details who participated, key discussion themes and outcomes and impacts on future civic engagement. In addition to the highlighted data below, you can download the full report by clicking “THE FULL REPORT” tab above or the link at the end of this page.
“People still have that overwhelming sense of civic pride and love for this city, and they really enjoy the opportunity to be in the conversation.”
of respondents indicated positive tone of conversation
Over 80 Percent
of respondents shared an idea or raised an issue of concern
of respondents discussed education
of respondents participated because they want to work with others to improve their community
News & Social Media
Social media was an integral component, connecting thousands virtually to the mealtime discussions and making #OnTheTable2014 a top local trending topic on May 12, 2014.
digital impressions generated
#OnTheTable2014 mentions over the course of the initiative
“It reaffirmed that people are passionate about their communities. And it didn’t matter if it was a single mom… a CEO of a billion dollar company… a government worker… an attorney, a doctor or a candlestick maker. They were passionate. They want to be involved.”
of participants made connections with new people
of participants exchanged contact info with other attendees for future collaboration
“What was heartening for me was that there was a desire for everyone to connect… the desire to connect resonated across all groups, all subject matters. And I thought that was extraordinary.”
“I was just really inspired across the board. And I hope the Trust does something again similar in nature to this, and if they don’t, I hope the people that participated in all of the conversations splinter off and continue to keep their own discussions going.”