We believe in the importance of inviting Charlotteans to civic dialogue and building trust through relationships. We hope this leads to taking action to benefit our neighborhoods and the public good-- together.

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Exchanging stories and ideas can fuel movements, and we believe that we, as neighbors, have what it takes to make Charlotte-Mecklenburg an inclusive & welcoming community.



On The Table is a community-wide civic engagement initiative that will consist of mealtime dialogues hosted in workplaces, libraries, homes and other community locations – even in the park. They can be sit-down, catered, potluck, brown bag or even coffee and doughnuts. Maximum flexibility is the name of the game, and materials and support will be provided.


Engagement is action! When we come together to learn from and with each other, we have the power to impact our communities. On The Table is about being exposed to new ideas, perspectives and ways of thinking while connecting to information, resources and opportunities.

Charlotte has experienced the unrest that has been growing in cities across the country. Our hope is that the continued conversation, even the difficult topics, increases understanding and provides new ways forward-- together.

On The Table CLT is part of Knight Foundation’s national replication of the On The Table civic engagement initiative pioneered by The Chicago Community Trust and currently operated by Leading On Opportunity.



OCTOBER 23, 2019

On The Table CLT

Really happy that I got to participate in this city-wide community-building initiative. This was truly one of the best evenings at an ‘event’ I’ve had in a long time
— Kevin Poirier Technology Facilitator, West Charlotte High School