What is On The Table?

Thousands of Macon-Bibb residents have already committed to come together in small group On The Table Macon conversations on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 to break bread and discuss how to collaboratively build and maintain strong, safe and dynamic communities. On the Table conversations are designed to generate new ideas, inspire bold solutions, cultivate relationships and collaborations, and inspire action to improve communities in Macon-Bibb County. New this year, On the Table conversations will expand to Milledgeville.

In 2018, Community Foundation of Central Georgia announced the recipients of the Conversation to Action Mini-Grants, which were designed to give seed funding to ideas sparked by CFCG’s On the Table Macon 2018 – where nearly 5,000 Macon-Bibb County residents gathered around over 600 tables on October 17th in mealtime conversations designed to generate new ideas, inspire bold solutions, cultivate relationships and collaborations, and inspire action to improve communities in Macon-Bibb County. In all, $15,000 was awarded to 17 projects that will support actionable solutions to benefit the Macon-Bibb community.

Organizations and individuals of all ages, walks of life and socio-economic backgrounds are invited to sign up to host or join a conversation and make connections to support future collaborative action. The topics, issues, and ideas discussed during each On the Table conversation will be guided by the host.  Participants are encouraged to continue their conversations after On the Table.  

Following the On The Table Macon and Milledgeville conversations, Community Foundation of Central Georgia and the Knight Foundation will also offer everyone who participated an opportunity to apply for mini-grants, $40,000 in Macon and $15,000 in Milledgeville, totaling $55,000 for seed money to help launch their ideas. The online application for mini-grants will be available beginning on October 30 at www.cfcga.org.

This project is part of a national initiative funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. On the Table replicates an annual civic engagement initiative of the same name developed by The Chicago Community Trust in 2014. Support for On the Table advances Knight Foundation’s work to help cities attract and keep talented people, expand economic opportunity and create a culture of civic engagement. Knight Foundation believes that successful communities are equitable, inclusive and participatory.

All participants will also be invited to complete an online survey to share the themes of their conversation and the ideas that they will take beyond the table. In January 2020, Community Foundation of Central Georgia will publicly share these outcomes, including trends, common themes, and new collaborations developed to advance some of the ideas and solutions generated. You can see the results from last year at onthetablemacon.com/results.

When?

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Who?

On the Table is for everyone that considers Macon-Bibb County OR Milledgeville a place to live, work, or play. All Macon-Bibb County AND Milledgeville-area residents are invited to participate, host mealtime conversations and share their ideas about our region.

Where?

Gatherings can be in private residences, backyards, local restaurants, schools, community centers, places of worship, libraries, offices, retail establishments — literally anywhere a host chooses. They can be sit-down, catered, picnic or potluck meals — completely up to each host.

Why?

The Central Georgia region is full of people who love their communities and each other. Sometimes, though, it can be hard to feel welcome “at the table” because people don’t know where the table is. They might have a hard time finding a way to be heard – or believing that their voice matters. On the Table is designed to better connect people to each other and to make all voices heard.