On The Table

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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!


Tell your story

Thank you so much for holding a Plan Manchester On the Table conversation between August 12 and September 13, 2019. Feel free to add pictures of your event, and either type or upload a snapshot of your notes. You can upload a snapshot of your sign-up sheet here as well. 

What are the most important things discussed at your table?

What are your group's big ideas?

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Thank you for submitting your notes after your On the Table discussions. They will be included in a report that will be provided and uploaded here in the next few weeks. We look forward to seeing you at Planapalooza September 12-17 2019.

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    Manchester City Library Trustees "On the Table" Discussion

    by dsantoso, 10 months ago

    Manchester City Library Trustees

    “On the Table Discussion”

    What brought you to the table? As Library Trustees we wanted to share our thoughts about the Library and how it serves Manchester residents.

    • What would you say if you were bragging out the Library? The Library is a beautiful building with many modern resources. The Library has partnered with the Manchester School District to provide a Bookmobile for the City. The Library building is well maintained. The Library has many outreach programs. The modernization of the Children’s Room and the renovation of the West Manchester Branch Library are wonderful successes.

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    Reporting back on Open Table discussion for Manchester Buddhism Sangha

    by AuroreEaton, 10 months ago

    Members of the Manchester Buddhism Sangha met on two occasions for an Open Table discussion (we are considering these two meetings as one meeting as we intended to be together, but couldn't schedule everyone for the same time). There were seven people total participating. Here is a synopsis of what we discussed:

    -- The biggest problems facing Manchester today are drugs and homelessness.

    -- We didn't discuss the drug issue in detail, but regarding homelessness, there are various organizations that are helping including the Salvation Army, the Boys and Girls Club, and churches (for example, Blessed Sacrament has a food... Continue reading

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    Manchester On the Table - 9/9/19 Manchester City Library

    by Caleb, 10 months ago

    Four participants in total. Two participants found out about the event from the Manchester City Library Facebook page. Two others were informed of the event by library employees.

    The general theme was the Manchester City Library.

    Positive aspects of the Library and city. -

    There were many positive partnerships between the library, city and outside groups like Families in Transition. Participants felt that the Library and the city were positively reactive to changing populations.

    Manchester City Library Children’s room renovations were very well done.

    Manchester City Library had adequate parking, something that is sorely lacking in most areas of the... Continue reading

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    Manchester City Library Trustees "On the Table" Sign up sheet

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    Library on the Table Discussion Notes

    by dsantoso, 11 months ago

    Notes from Library On the Table Discussion

    Answers to conversation starter questions:

    • An invite brought us to the table.
    • Convenient to shopping, clothing stores, many great restaurants and the Palace Theatre and the Currier Museum are some of the resources readily available. It’s reasonably safe here in Manchester. We’re seeing changes and lots of effort to make Manchester a better place. We seem to have too many bars in the downtown area. Maybe we could limit them? I’d like to see more variety downtown. Parking can be a problem. There are more art venues and that is a positive thing... Continue reading

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    Manchester City Library On The Table Sign up Sheet

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