(Photo via twitter.com/Saxbys)
This past Tuesday was the first On The Table Philly event for the city, with 107 local organizations hosting their own tables for conversations around various issues affecting Philadelphian life.
But table-hosting wasn’t just limited to orgs — individuals could host their own chats, too. All in all, more than 300 table discussions took place all over Philly.
— Patrick Morgan (@PMorganPHL) May 24, 2017
There were a good number of mission-minded orgs that got in on the conversations, such as Fairmount Ventures which hosted a table to talk about how nonprofits could do better to gain and retain talent.
— Fairmount Ventures (@FairmountV) May 23, 2017
Even the Philly-based coffee company Saxbys got people together to talk about ways to get involved in social impact.
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— Saxbys (@Saxbys) May 23, 2017
Local economy — and ways to improve it — was also a prevalent topic throughout, as with the tables hosted by the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission.
— DVRPC (@DVRPC) May 23, 2017
This reporter thought it was cool to see some big names in local news media stepping up to talk about what we can all do better as storytellers.
— NBC10 Philadelphia (@NBCPhiladelphia) May 23, 2017
— Kim Fox (@kimfox) May 23, 2017
— Philly Inquirer (@PhillyInquirer) May 23, 2017
But if there was a common thread to these 300-some discussions, it was the shared goal of helping Philadelphians achieve equity — and how that goal can be addressed by shining a light on the more systemic issues our city faces.
— Chamber for Gtr PHL (@ChamberPHL) May 23, 2017
— PYN (@PYNinc) May 23, 2017
— The Evoluer House (@EvoluerHouse) May 24, 2017
— Welcoming Center PA (@welcomingcenter) May 23, 2017
— Arlene Edmonds (@AEWriter) May 24, 2017
On the Table Philly offered the realization that, yes, days like these can really spur necessary conversations, but they can’t stop here — hopefully, these talks on how to better our communities will continue.
#LetsTalkPhilly takeaway: It's not what we can do more of but rather what are barriers w/i the systems that anchor disparities & inequities
— Michelle Huttenhoff (@MHuttenhoff) May 23, 2017
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