The Big Table Pittsburgh
INFORMATION REGARDING COVID-19
LPI is always focused on the health and safety of its constituents in its planning. To this end, we are closely monitoring the situation regarding COVID-19, also known as Coronavirus. We are following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the U.S., as well as the Allegheny County Department of Health.
Given present advice from public health authorities, we are advising Big Table Pittsburgh region hosts to consider postponing their large tables; we are also examining options for the modality of our upcoming LPInc. program sessions. As the situation and guidance evolves, we will update our program participants and registered guests for our events.
Due to the unusual circumstances related to COVID-19, LPInc. is advising postponement of large gatherings including those affiliated with in-person The Big Table convening. A new date will be decided and communicated as situation evolves.
Pittsburgh is a region that can and does thrive when we choose to care for each other. When we give our time to converse and connect, we draw each other closer and create the power to lead our community to an even better future. Given the pace of our world, we tend to gather, mostly, for reasons that are more personal or organizational. The Big Table Pittsburgh is an opportunity to have a discussion that one may not have otherwise. The Big Table Pittsburgh conversations can connect across community.
The inaugural Big Table Pittsburgh was held in 2019 and brought together more than 4,000 people across the region. Please Click Here to see the outcomes from our survey for the 2019 Big Table. Click here to watch a video from the 2019 Big Table.
Live or Work in the South Hills & Lower Mon Valley? Contact our Partners at the Jefferson Regional Foundation to participate in their Around The Table South – A Big Table Pittsburgh Event www.aroundthetablesouth.org.
Leadership Pittsburgh Inc. invites the Pittsburgh region on ONE day this spring to connect with each other in self-organized small groups to have meaningful conversations, over food, to deepen our understanding of shared values as a community of caring residents, businesses and organizations.
On March 18, 2020, people from across the Pittsburgh region will gather for conversations throughout the day. Conversations can and will happen at breakfast, lunch, dinner and any time in between—an hour and a half is all that is needed!
Hundreds of hosts will invite thousands of others who care about each other and the future of our community to meet in small groups throughout the Pittsburgh region. Conversations will include 8–12 people. Those participating in conversations will also be able to use social media to share their thoughts and experiences with others. Anyone can serve as a host. The type of meal a group shares is not expected to be the feature – the conversation and connection is.
This year Leadership Pittsburgh Inc. is excited to partner with the Jefferson Regional Foundation as they host their Around the Table South in conjunction with The Big Table Pittsburgh. Through this partnership both organizations look forward to engaging the entire Greater Pittsburgh Area in community-building conversations this March.
As a host, you would:
- Invite 8–12 people for a conversation on March 18th. These could be your friends/colleagues/family members – we encourage you to think about inviting at least two people that you may not know quite as well and/or think that other invitees may not. Be creative – don’t exclude your family members!
- Find a suitable location for the conversation.
- Provide some food ranging from snacks to full meals, to enjoy with your guests during the conversation; pot luck is also a fun way to do this.
- Serve as the conversation guide; we will provide a few conversation starters.
- Complete a brief survey regarding your conversation experience.
- Encourage your guests to respond to a brief survey as well.
CLICK HERE to download the Host Guide and Conversation Guide.
If you would like to view a recording of an informational session that we held in 2019 click here. PLEASE NOTE that some information on this video (related to dates, in particular) will not be applicable to 2020 but the it does cover all the basics about hosting. And of course, please reach out with ANY questions might have.
Ask your family, friends, colleagues, community members, etc if they know someone who is hosting a conversation. Ask to join that conversation and meet some new people.