On The Table

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UPDATE: On The Table will run through the month of October! Volunteer to host your meeting today!


What is On The Table?

For the Columbia For You project, On The Table is an opportunity to have group conversations to build personal connections and explore how we can work together to make our community stronger. Everyone is encouraged to participate, either as a host or a meeting attendee.

On the Table invites residents and business owners in Columbia to come together to talk, collaborate, become more involved, and be more committed to our community. You can gather around the table with friends, neighbors, colleagues, and maybe even a few people you are meeting for the first time to talk about the issues, big and small, that impact our lives in the City.

Where?

Anywhere! The conversations can be hosted in homes, restaurants, places of worship, schools, libraries, offices, parks, and other community locations. Or they can be hosted online through Zoom, GoToMeeting, Facebook, etc. Anywhere you can gather in person or virtually and talk with a group of people.

Why?

When we talk about our experiences and listen to others, we connect and learn about what matters to all of us. The issues we face today aren’t often solved with quick fixes. On the contrary, progress will result when residents, organizations, businesses, and government work together. This On The Table initiative is part of the larger Columbia For You process that will update the City’s Code. It is an opportunity for you to have meaningful conversations on your own time in a smaller, more intimate setting with people you feel comfortable with. What happens next is up to you.

How?

If you are interested in being an On The Table Host, please download the packet at right, complete the survey below, and schedule your event this September or October! When you register to host, you join a community of people who are leading important conversations across Columbia.

What happens after I've held my On The Table session?

All On The Table participants will be invited to complete a short survey about their conversations that will cover important issues and themes, big ideas, and what matters most to them. The survey is posted below under "Meeting Participant Survey."

On The Table hosts should share their meeting notes using the surveys below - you can upload a file or you can fill out the individual Meeting Host Survey.

UPDATE: On The Table will run through the month of October! Volunteer to host your meeting today!


What is On The Table?

For the Columbia For You project, On The Table is an opportunity to have group conversations to build personal connections and explore how we can work together to make our community stronger. Everyone is encouraged to participate, either as a host or a meeting attendee.

On the Table invites residents and business owners in Columbia to come together to talk, collaborate, become more involved, and be more committed to our community. You can gather around the table with friends, neighbors, colleagues, and maybe even a few people you are meeting for the first time to talk about the issues, big and small, that impact our lives in the City.

Where?

Anywhere! The conversations can be hosted in homes, restaurants, places of worship, schools, libraries, offices, parks, and other community locations. Or they can be hosted online through Zoom, GoToMeeting, Facebook, etc. Anywhere you can gather in person or virtually and talk with a group of people.

Why?

When we talk about our experiences and listen to others, we connect and learn about what matters to all of us. The issues we face today aren’t often solved with quick fixes. On the contrary, progress will result when residents, organizations, businesses, and government work together. This On The Table initiative is part of the larger Columbia For You process that will update the City’s Code. It is an opportunity for you to have meaningful conversations on your own time in a smaller, more intimate setting with people you feel comfortable with. What happens next is up to you.

How?

If you are interested in being an On The Table Host, please download the packet at right, complete the survey below, and schedule your event this September or October! When you register to host, you join a community of people who are leading important conversations across Columbia.

What happens after I've held my On The Table session?

All On The Table participants will be invited to complete a short survey about their conversations that will cover important issues and themes, big ideas, and what matters most to them. The survey is posted below under "Meeting Participant Survey."

On The Table hosts should share their meeting notes using the surveys below - you can upload a file or you can fill out the individual Meeting Host Survey.

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  • Welcome and thank you for taking part in this survey!

    The purpose is to understand who participated in On the Table and the nature and quality of the conversation for the event in which you participated as part of Columbia For You.

    The survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. Completion is voluntary and individual results will be confidential. Overall results will be publicly available through Columbia For You once all results have been received. 

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  • If you have completed your meeting, please upload your meeting notes here.  You can also complete the Meeting Host Survey. 

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  • If you hosted an On The Table Meeting and do not have a file to upload with your meeting notes, you can also fill out this survey. 

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