Last Year On the Table Philly brought over 2,000 people together

About On The Table Philly

On the Table Philly

On the Table Philly brought over 2,000 people together across the region at over 150 host locations on May 23, 2017. It was the first time the national initiative was piloted in Philadelphia, bringing together residents together in small groups for mealtime conversation about how to make their communities better places to live, work and play.

Sponsored by The Philadelphia Foundation and supported through The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the initiative was designed to engage residents in an open dialogue and inspire new solutions to strengthen communities. Philadelphia is among ten cities nationally to hold the conversations in 2017.

We are pleased to share the outcomes of those conversations with the goals of continuing to engage our region’s residents and to elevate their voices, perspectives and commitments.

The Conversations

Gatherings took place throughout the region. The participants indicated they are already highly involved in their communities, with 77% saying they are “very” or “somewhat” involved in neighborhood activities; 62% saying they worked with people in their neighborhood to fix or improve something in the past year; and 75% saying they always vote in local elections.

One goal for the day was to extend individual networks. Fully 85% said the other people at their conversation were either mostly people they did not yet know, or an equal mix of people they did and didn’t know.

Summary of Findings

View the recap report.

Access and explore the survey responses to see aggregate information as well as data sorted by demographics including age, race and ethnicity, gender, education, length of residence and geography.

Top issues raised in conversations: Education and youth development; equity and social inclusion; economic issues and poverty; public safety and judicial system.

Top responses to “to which social issues do you PRIMARILY contribute your time, talent, and/or financial resources”: Education and youth development; economic issues and poverty; equity and social inclusion; arts and culture.

Top responses to “I wish I knew more about…”: Government, policy and politics; resources; economic issues and opportunities.

Aggregate Results


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Keep The Conversation Going

Please share your thoughts and ideas with us for future On the Table Philly programming by emailing

View pictures from the day on Instagram @OnTheTablePHL, at the On the Table Facebookpage or by searching the #LetsTalkPhilly thread on Twitter.

Continue the On the Table Philly conversation on social media using the #LetsTalkPhilly.
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Our 2017 On the Table Philly Steering Committee Members