Did you make a New Year’s resolution to get more involved with issues that impact your community? Is one of your goals for 2021 to forge connections with new friends and neighbors, to talk about ideas--both large and small--that really matter?
One great way to do all of those things is to host a (virtual) conversation about climate solutions with Drawdown Georgia and Civic Dinners.
Drawdown Georgia partnered with Civic Dinners to host our launch events in October, and now the platform is available for anyone to use to host their own virtual civic dinner.
Committed to the idea that meaningful conversation can spark real and lasting change, Civic Dinners strives to bring people together to have conversations that matter. Serving as a tool for organizing and acting, Civic Dinners provides both a platform and a framework that make hosting these important conversations easy for anyone to do.
A Civic Dinner follows a simple structure, with 6-10 people gathering--ideally over drinks or a meal, even virtually--to discuss a specific topic. The host is provided with an easy-to-follow conversation guide with three big questions, and ensures that everyone is given equal time to share with one voice at a time.
Hosting a Civic Dinner is easy because their platform simplifies the process for hosts. Dinner creation steps are streamlined, and they will provide host support, automated emails, and even a virtual meeting room if you need one. After the dinner, a follow-up email will capture ideas, feedback, stories, and next steps.
Here’s how to plan and host a Drawdown Georgia Civic Dinner in 4 easy steps:
- Visit the Drawdown Georgia partner page on the Civic Dinners website and choose which of the five solution categories you want to explore in your conversation: Buildings & Materials, Electricity, Food & Agriculture, Land Sinks, or Transportation.
- Click on the category of your choice and then click, “Host Your Own.”
- You will then be prompted to create a profile. Make sure to add a photo to personalize the event invitation!
- Enter information about your event. You can make it a private event only for the friends and colleagues you choose to invite, or you can leave it open for anyone using the Civic Dinners Platform to join. Enter the date, time, and maximum number of guests. (We recommend keeping it to 10 at the most to have the best experience.) Click finish, and you’re all set!
After you create your event, you will receive the Civic Dinners host guide that contains the three questions you can explore at your event along with helpful tips to make sure your event goes smoothly.
After your event, we also invite you to post screenshots of your event on social media - make sure to tag us @drawdownga on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!
Are you ready to start the conversation? Visit the Drawdown Georgia Civic Dinners page to learn more and plan your first event.