On the Table

On The Table Silicon Valley is a three-year initiative, started in 2017, to bring area residents together to find workable solutions to our region's housing struggles. Throughout the fall of 2018, mealtime conversations, open to all, took place across the Bay Area, focusing on potential housing solutions.

Thanks to the leadership of On The Table hosts and community partners, 2,200 individuals participated in more than 100 conversations across Silicon Valley and more than 400 participants shared feedback about the event. Here's what we learned from you in 2018

On The Table will continue in November 2019. It's a chance to get to know neighbors and colleagues, make new connections and inspire action around housing. 

What's it like?

Thinking about hosting or attending an On The Table conversation in 2019? Wondering what it might look like, or what you'll discuss? Everyone is welcome, and no prior knowledge of housing issues is necessary. Check out the video below, to get a feel for what On The Table 2018 was like, or reach out to onthetable@siliconvalleycf.org for more information.

Hear what particiants said about On the Table 2018:

Host Resources

SVCF offers a variety of resources to support On The Table hosts. In 2018, we shared the following resources with our conversation hosts. Stay tuned for 2019 resources in fall 2019. 

Couldn't make it to orientation? Watch a recording.

Download or print the Host Guide.

Print a guest sign in sheet

Print handouts for your guests


Reflections from 2017

In 2017, Silicon Valley Community Foundation launched its first On The Table, bringing together approximately 7,000 residents at nearly 800 conversations to talk about our regional housing challenges in the Bay Area.

Learn more about the activities that took place and the ideas and trends identified through the events:

This project is part of On the Table, a national civic engagement initiative supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; it was initially developed by The Chicago Community Trust.