On the Table generated robust conversations on a wide range of topics that improved a majority of respondents understanding of issues, and most are likely to take specific action regarding a new idea or issue discussed.
“As a staff member of the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs, I was excited to bring the On the Table Campaign to our members. We took this opportunity to bring together Jews and Muslims, to share our similarities, tackle our differences and discuss how we can work together to make our City a better place for all.”
The respondent group is very civically engaged, participating at higher rates than regional peers on all community, electoral, and political activities measured in the survey.
and inspires new collaborations. 67% of respondents report participating
because they want to work with others in order to achieve change.
Two-Thirds Received Personal Invitations
The conversations tapped the existing social connections of individuals to bring them together.
Over Half Made New Connections
Conversations allowed people to make new connections and relationships based on a common interest or bond.
One-Third Made Plans For Working Together
On the Table created opportunities for individuals to explore how to work collaboratively to address issues that matter to them.
Respondents Are Likely To Take Action
84% believe they have "some" to a "great deal" of influence to bring about change and 9 in 10 respondents plan to take action based on their conversation.
Key differences were observed between how much respondents identified a social problem versus the frequency with which they mentioned that problem in their discussion and with which they contribute to that problem as a cause.
Results suggest there is specific opportunity for collaborative action within economic issues and poverty and the judicial system and public safety, given that these are major problems identified but appear disproportionately low as issues discussed in conversations and causes to which respondents contribute.
“On the Table provided our guests with a safe, collegial space to candidly discuss the role of identity-based philanthropy in advancing safe, healthy, and resilient African American children, families, and communities. We're now in the process of examining how we might sustain this discussion and expand the pool of participants.”