Lowcountry On The Table, a citizen-driven process to identify issues and suggest solutions, is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 4 all across the Tri-county region.
Open to the public, the day-long event invites thousands of residents and “table hosts” to break bread while discussing and recording ways to make the Lowcountry a better place. Top ideas and recommendations from Oct. 4 will be awarded Spark grants to enact change, made possible from the Library Foundation of the Lowcountry.
“With no preordained agenda, this listening event is out to prove that every voice in the Lowcountry matters,” said Library Foundation President George Stevens. “To grow the movement, we’re calling on residents from all walks of life to recruit neighbors, friends, family and colleagues to participate in cozy conversations around a dinner table, a kitchen table, a picnic table, or wherever people gather. Anyone with interest and ideas has a seat at the table.”
Steps to participate as a host include:
- Determine a location for friends, family, colleagues, and neighbors to meet for a mealtime conversation on Thursday, Oct. 4. This could be at a restaurant, over a home-cooked meal, a potluck, cups of coffee or whatever works for a (recommended) group of 8-12 people.
- Visit www.lowcountryonthetable.org/hosting to register as a host, subscribing for weekly updates on how to deliver a meaningful experience. Hosts will be encouraged to gently guide their table’s discussion to wherever their guests want to go, while providing materials to record key topics. In addition, those who register to host by Sept. 12 will enter the chance to have their table covered at Charleston Grill.
- At the conclusion of the gathering, every participant (hosts and guests) will receive a short email survey to capture their experience which will then be compiled with hundreds of others to make our community stronger.