Table Talk is a candid conversation about our community. Everyone has the power to create change in their community. Business owners. Parents. Students. Educators. Friends. Neighbors. YOU. At Table Talk, we get the ball rolling.
Join us at the table on October 14, 2021
TableTalk is a community-wide conversation where for one day, residents of Central Florida will gather to discuss the things that matter most to them. Our favorite things. Our issues and opportunities. Our boldest ambitions and our biggest challenges to making our community better and more dynamic. TableTalk provides a way for all of us to be more civically engaged and committed to the community.
Central Florida Foundation launched TableTalk in Central Florida to give everyone in the region a voice in how our community operates today, and how it could evolve tomorrow. This idea for a community-wide conversation began with the Chicago Community Trust in 2014 as On the Table. Since then, the concept has been replicated in more than 30 communities nationally and internationally.
Central Florida Foundation is the region’s community foundation. The Foundation stewards philanthropic dollars on behalf of individuals, families, and nonprofits. We partner with people who are determined to make a difference in their community. Knowing that true change demands more than dollars and cents, we foster collaboration, fuel ideas, and spearhead the innovation that will transform our region for good.
Anyone living and working in Central Florida can take part in TableTalk, either by hosting a table or joining a table. Business owners. Parents. Students. Educators. Voters. Taxpayers. Employers. Employees. Neighbors. Young, old and everyone in between. We mean EVERYONE. Everyone has a seat. Everyone has a voice. Everyone has a chance to make a difference. Everyone is welcome and everyone is an expert.
This community-wide conversation takes place on a single day, Thursday, October 14, 2021. If October 14 doesn’t work for you, pick a neighboring date to host your conversation.
It will happen in-person and virtually across our community, hosted by different individuals and organizations. Each Table Talk host chooses their in-person or virtual location (Zoom, FaceTime, Google Hangout, Microsoft Teams, House party app, or any other virtual tool) and decides what time the conversation takes place.
We encourage anyone meeting in person to follow COVID-19 safety guidelines and protocols.
Hosts choose an in-person or virtual location and invite 8-10 guests for a conversation. Hosts will guide the talks based on the three TableTalk questions and encourage their guests to complete the online survey afterward with their thoughts and insights from the conversation. Each host receives tips for organizing a successful conversation and everyone will receive the link to complete the survey.
Table Hosts are not compensated for Table Talk, and there is no cost to be a host or participant.
Joining a table allows you to take part in one of the many conversations taking place on Thursday, October 14. Some guests will receive a personal invitation from a Table Host. If you do not know a Table Host and would like to be part of TableTalk, sign up to join a community table at a date and time that fits your schedule. More details coming soon!
Table Talk participants complete a survey to share what was discussed during their conversation and their personal feedback. Once the surveys are completed and processed to identify the ideas, information and priorities that emerged from the conversations, we will share a report with all Table Talk participants, as well as our entire community. Central Florida Foundation will also make micro-grants available to neighborhoods, or communities that are ready to act on their ideas and propose a plan.
Approximately 3,000 Central Floridians participated in our inaugural TableTalk conversation on October 24, 2019, and more than 750 took the follow-up survey. See who they are and what topics came up at their table in the survey report, Participant Perspectives on Community and How to Affect Change.
Click on the below link to explore the survey questions asked of TableTalk participants.
Central Florida Foundation awarded a microgrant to Mesa de Cocina/The Kitchen Table, an online collaborative health and nutrition program between The Bros in Convo Initiative and QLatinx, that teaches the community how to prepare healthy and delicious meals on a budget.