We know that big ideas can spring from small conversation. The power of conversation starts with all of us, which is why the Quad Cities Chamber is inviting its members - organizations, businesses, and individuals - to participate in a community engagement initiative called the Quad Cities Big Table. For two days, on Friday, April 20th and Saturday, April 21, Quad Cities Big Table participants will gather in small groups across the region to discuss their ideas for making our communities stronger and more connected.
With a goal of engaging more than 5,000 Quad Citizens, Chamber members can help lead the efforts by registering to become a host and creating an opportunity to inspire new ways we can work together to make our communities and region stronger and more connected.
Hosting a table is easy, the location and time of day for the conversation is up to the host. It can be a “private” place like a backyard, office, church or even a restaurant or the host may sign up for one of the tables at any of the pre-determined “public” locations listed on the quadcitiesbigtable.com site. You can invite family, friends, colleagues, clients, and vendors - the spirit of the initiative derives from inviting everyone to have a voice in creating strong, vibrant communities across the region in which all people can succeed.
After the conversations, Big Table participants will receive a simple survey to learn more about their participation in this project, the interesting ideas they discussed and how this experience may impact their civic engagement moving forward. Q2030, the Chamber and other community partners will publicly share these outcomes, including trends, common themes and new collaborations that might develop to advance some of the ideas and solutions generated by fall 2018.
Take a look at some of the participants below, and sign up to be a host today.
Host Frequently Asked Questions:
What does a host need to do? What’s involved?
It’s really pretty simple: Those wishing to get involved in The Quad Cities Big Table can register to host a conversation at a location of their choice or host a conversation at one of our public partner locations. You determine a location for the table to meet on either April 20 or 21, for a minimum of a 60-minute conversation, at any time of day to discuss the ways in which we can commit to making our communities and region stronger and more connected.
Invite 10 – 12 people to join your conversation. Food and drink are optional. The only requirement is that hosts provide productive environments for authentic conversations about our community.
Hosts will have access to a full toolkit to help guide their discussions when they register online. In addition to this toolkit, there will be four host information sessions in April to learn more, meet other hosts and pick up your Host Package.
What is expected of me during and after my Quad Cities Big Table gather is over?
We look forward to hearing about the stories and commitments discussed at your gathering. We encourage all participants to share insights, photos and videos on social media throughout the day, using #QCBigTable
At the conclusion of the Quad Cities Big Table events on April 21, we’ll send every participant (hosts and guests) a short e-mail survey to learn more about their experiences, conversations and their commitments. You may also be asked to participate in a more in-depth post-event interview, where we hope to dive even deeper into some of the experiences, thoughts and ideas that arose from these conversations.
All Quad Cities Big Table participants can opt-in to receive an electronic copy of the summary report detailing the impact and outcomes of this initiative. You will also be invited to future civic engagement programs, initiatives and events sponsored by Q2030.
Where can I find more information about the Quad Cities Big Table and Q2030?
The Quad Cities Big Table is an initiative of Q2030 and aimed to build community engagement and empower shared ownership in shaping the future of our region. In inviting everyone to join in the conversation, Q2030 seeks to leverage the collective knowledge and resources that inspire action and create lasting and meaningful change in lives and our region. Click here to learn more.