For the fourth year, the JT team was proud to partner with the Trust to help plan every facet of On the Table, including outreach to engage participants, development of messaging, and implementation of digital and mainstream media strategies to support the initiative.
In all, nearly 100,000 people engaged with On the Table in 2017 on social media; through workshops; and as hosts, participants and partners around 5,800 tables in every Chicago neighborhood and throughout suburban communities. Through On the Table, residents convened on the issues that matter and championed the causes that strengthen our region.
The Trust now challenges participants to turn their ideas into tangible activities that benefit neighborhoods and public good. The Acting Up awards will provide up to 100 $1,000 awards and up to 20 $2,500 awards to On the Table participants who have actionable ideas for community impact coming out of their conversations.
The Blue Grass Community Foundation was the first of 10 community foundations across the U.S. to replicate the On the Table initiative this year with funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and support from the team at JT.
Since its inception, social media has changed how we learn, act and communicate as a society. With those changes, we’ve uncovered both benefits and pitfalls – and sometimes they’re one in the same.