General FAQs

What is Quad Cities Big Table and why should I participate?

By hosting or participating in a conversation as part of Quad Cities Big Table on Friday, April 20 or Saturday, April 21, 2018, you’ll be part of an exciting, region-wide initiative to explore the ways in which we have the power to collaborate in order to make our region stronger and more connected.

More than 5,000 people representing different backgrounds, neighborhoods and interest groups will participate in more than 500 (one-hour) conversations to discuss and imagine the future of our region.

What you do matters – and when we come together as a community to learn from and with each other, we have the power to impact our region and lives. That’s what Quad Cities Big Table is all about.

What is the goal of Quad Cities Big Table?

Our goal is to bring together the residents of our region for a one-hour conversation, any time of day, to discuss how we can work together to build a stronger, more connected community.

We seek to uncover opportunities that inspire each of us to do more – to contribute our time, talent and ideas. By agreeing to participate, you’ve already taken an important step to be part of this movement.

How do I get involved with the Quad Cities Big Table?

There are two ways to participate:

  1. Table Host. As a host, you believe in each person’s power to make a difference. As an engaged resident of our community, you are committing to convening others so they collectively explore issues important to our community and share innovative ideas that will build trust and better connect our region moving forward.
  2. Attendee. If you rather not be a host, participate as an attendee. Register and plan to attend a conversation and invite a friend, colleague, or complete stranger. Be present and listen and engage in the conversation happening at the table.
What is Q2030 and who’s involved?

Q2030 is the Quad Cities’ shared vision endorsed by more than 240 business, non-profit, academic and trades organization. Q2030 aims to bring residents together to collaborate on making decisions and drive strategies that grow more skilled people, jobs, investments and economic opportunities for all who call the Quad Cities home. From creating cool places, developing smart and creative people, finding new ways to connect as a region to using our strengths as a region to retain, attract and create businesses and jobs that contribute to a prosperous economy, Q2030 provides a road map for enhancing our region. To learn more, visit www.Q2030.org.

Where can I find more information about the Quad Cities Big Table?

New and updated information will be posted regularly on the Quad Cities Big Table website. You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook. Additionally, you can send us an e-mail at info@quadcitiesbigtable.com to have one of our outreach team members contact you with more information.

Host FAQs

What does a host need to do? What’s involved?

It’s really pretty simple: Those wishing to get involved in The Quad Cities Big Table can register to host a conversation at a location of their choice or host a conversation at one of our public partner locations. You determine a location for the table to meet on either April 20 or 21, for a minimum of a 60-minute conversation, at any time of day to discuss the ways in which we can commit to making our communities and region stronger and more connected.

Invite 10 – 12 people to join your conversation. Food and drink are optional. The only requirement is that hosts provide productive environments for authentic conversations about our community.

Hosts will have access to a full toolkit to help guide their discussions when they register online. In addition to this toolkit, there will be four host information sessions in April to learn more, meet other hosts and pick up your Host Package.

How do I get started?

Visit www.quadcitiesbigtable.com to register as a host and your event or as a participant.

What is expected of me during and after my Quad Cities Big Table gathering is over?

We look forward to hearing about the stories and commitments discussed at your gathering. We encourage all participants to share insights, photos and videos on social media throughout the day, using #QCBigTable2018.

At the conclusion of the Quad Cities Big Table events on April 21, we’ll send every participant (hosts and guests) a short e-mail survey to learn more about their experiences, conversations and their commitments. You may also be asked to participate in a more in-depth post-event interview, where we hope to dive even deeper into some of the experiences, thoughts and ideas that arose from these conversations.

All Quad Cities Big Table participants can opt-in to receive an electronic copy of the summary report detailing the impact and outcomes of this initiative. You will also be invited to future civic engagement programs, initiatives and events sponsored by Q2030.