Every week, Chicagoans have the chance to share ideas in hopes to improve their communities though Chicago Ideas Twitter chat. In this week’s edition, Chicago Ideas and The Chicago Community Trust co-hosted the Idea Chat on Twitter through the hashtag #onthetable2015 and #IdeasChat. It was an opportunity for Chicagoans to discuss their communities, but also promote an opportunity for them to meet in person at the On the Table event on May 12th to share a meal and ideas. On The Table dates back to May 12, 1915.
Through this annual event and yearlong initiative, The Chicago Community Trust hopes to bring together community leaders and citizens through collaboration and civic engagement to strengthen Chicago to be the #1 philanthropic region in the nation.The Chicago Community Trust is the largest community foundation in the region celebrating 100 years of discussing and improving issues in Chicago through donor support. The mission of Chicago Ideas is to enable and promote a community of curiosity. The annual Chicago Ideas Week is in October from the 12-18.
Participate in Ideas Chat on Twitter:
Join the discussion on Twitter every Tuesday at 11 AM CST by tagging Chicago Ideas and #IdeasChat. To follow other participants, see lists by tweeters, Drew Rose and Tyler Knudston. Each week Chicago Ideas and a new co-host including Social Deviant and the National Park Service, lead Chicagoans with a few questions. On April 28th, Chicago The Chicago Community Trust and Chicago Ideas posed the following questions: 1. How do you help others and/or your community?
2. What inspires or motivates you to make your community and/or the Chicago region better?
3. What’s a memorable act of generosity you’ve witnessed or experienced?
— Eva Penar (@evapenar) April 28, 2015
4. If money or time wasn’t an issue, what would you do to change the world?
— Amanda Elliott (@Rationalization) April 28, 2015
5. What would you like to see Chicagoans do more of to improve communities?
A5: I think just visiting, and participating in events, outside of your own neighborhood. #ideaschat
— Erin Robertson (@eringoesgolfing) April 28, 2015
Attend or Host an On The Table Event:
If you want to do more than tweet about it, you can host or attend a meal time event at several vendors throughout Chicago including, co-working space, The Shift on May 12, 2015. RSVP here. For more information about On The Table, please view their website.
Amanda Elliott is a writer and speaker and a relationship builder. She believes that meeting people in person is important. After attending numerous fashion, startup, and creative events, she founded Windy City Cosmo is 2015 to help people make connections in the city as they build their businesses, start and end relationships and see and be seen. Over the past three years, the entrepreneurs she’s interviewed have become the most successful in Chicago and Windy City Cosmo won an award in 2017 for her work for female entrepreneurs.