On The Table

Your voice matters. And when we share our voices and listen to each other, we have the power to make Manchester great. It simply takes a conversation.

What is On The Table?

For the Plan Manchester project, "On the Table" is a one-month opportunity to gather over mealtime conversations to build personal connections and explore how we can work together to make our community stronger.

We invite you and your families, neighbors, colleagues, and friends — old and new — to pull up a chair, share a meal or coffee, and discuss the ways in which we — as individuals and as a collective — can, and do, work to improve the quality of life and economic vitality in Manchester.

Who?

People from Manchester, from all walks of life, are invited to host and/or attend On the Table discussions.

Where?

Anywhere! The conversations can be hosted in homes, schools, restaurants, places of worship, libraries, offices, parks, other community locations. Meals can be sit-down, catered, brown bag, potluck or a simple coffee - it's completely up to each host.

Why?

We know that big ideas can spring from small conversions and that people invest in what they help create. For the Plan Manchester process, we are committed to bringing people together to create a more generous, vibrant and engaged community.

What happens after the month is up?

All On The Table participants will be invited to complete a short email survey about their conversations that will cover important issues and themes, big ideas, and what matters most to them. We want to hear form every voice!


Your voice matters. And when we share our voices and listen to each other, we have the power to make Manchester great. It simply takes a conversation.

What is On The Table?

For the Plan Manchester project, "On the Table" is a one-month opportunity to gather over mealtime conversations to build personal connections and explore how we can work together to make our community stronger.

We invite you and your families, neighbors, colleagues, and friends — old and new — to pull up a chair, share a meal or coffee, and discuss the ways in which we — as individuals and as a collective — can, and do, work to improve the quality of life and economic vitality in Manchester.

Who?

People from Manchester, from all walks of life, are invited to host and/or attend On the Table discussions.

Where?

Anywhere! The conversations can be hosted in homes, schools, restaurants, places of worship, libraries, offices, parks, other community locations. Meals can be sit-down, catered, brown bag, potluck or a simple coffee - it's completely up to each host.

Why?

We know that big ideas can spring from small conversions and that people invest in what they help create. For the Plan Manchester process, we are committed to bringing people together to create a more generous, vibrant and engaged community.

What happens after the month is up?

All On The Table participants will be invited to complete a short email survey about their conversations that will cover important issues and themes, big ideas, and what matters most to them. We want to hear form every voice!


  • A host commits to hosting a conversation between August 12 and September 13 over breakfast, lunch, dinner, a coffee break, or any time in between. The invitation list is up to you —friends, family, colleagues, neighbors — and the conversation can be hosted anywhere.

    Before the conversation, make sure to download the Host Toolkit with everything you need, including a conversation guide and suggested conversation prompts. 

    Everyone is welcome to serve as a host.

    By submitting this form, you are agreeing to host and report back on your event. 


    A host commits to hosting a conversation between August 12 and September 13 over breakfast, lunch, dinner, a coffee break, or any time in between. The invitation list is up to you —friends, family, colleagues, neighbors — and the conversation can be hosted anywhere.

    Before the conversation, make sure to download the Host Toolkit with everything you need, including a conversation guide and suggested conversation prompts. 

    Everyone is welcome to serve as a host.

    By submitting this form, you are agreeing to host and report back on your event. 


    Take Survey
  • Welcome and thank you for taking part in this survey!

    The purpose is to understand who participated in On the Table and the nature and quality of the conversation for the event in which you participated between August 12 and September 13, 2019 and coordinated by Plan Manchester.

    The survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. Completion is voluntary and individual results will be confidential. Overall results will be publicly available through Plan Manchester in a few weeks. 


    Welcome and thank you for taking part in this survey!

    The purpose is to understand who participated in On the Table and the nature and quality of the conversation for the event in which you participated between August 12 and September 13, 2019 and coordinated by Plan Manchester.

    The survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. Completion is voluntary and individual results will be confidential. Overall results will be publicly available through Plan Manchester in a few weeks. 


    Take Survey