Spring 2014 Newsletter

IPCE Partners with The Chicago Community Trust to Assess the Impact of Upcoming Region-wide Dialogue  

The 99th anniversary of The Chicago Community Trust is on May 12, 2014. To celebrate, the Trust is asking thousands of Chicago-area residents to participate in the most imaginative public square manifested on one night. In communities across the region, from Alsip to Zion, thousands of Chicago-area residents will come together in small groups on Monday, May 12, to discuss how to collaboratively build and maintain strong, safe, and dynamic communities. This imaginative public square, an initiative the Trust is calling On the Table, is designed to generate new ideas, inspire bold solutions, and cultivate relationships and collaborations to improve communities region-wide.

The goal of the On the Table event is to have more than 10,000 people of all ages, from all walks of life and socio-economic circumstances, participate in 1,000 substantive mealtime conversations on the future of the Chicago metropolitan region. Thousands more will be connected to the conversations through social media using the #OnTheTable2014 hashtag

At the conclusion of the events on May 12, the Trust will send every participant a simple e-mail survey, compiled by IPCE, 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. The Trust will publicly share these outcomes, including trends, common themes, and new collaborations developed.

For more information, visit onthetable2014.com.

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