Logo by Kyon J. Fernandes

Logo by Kyon J. Fernandes

A Seat at the Table – Fall 2017

A Seat at the Table returns with an updated format for the Fall of 2017. Each month we will host one community meetup and one facilitated dinner. We learned from our Spring pilot that three community meetups per month were was too much for us as organizers and it created a lack of focus for engagement.

September 2017 – Food +Food Systems

It’s September, and for farmers around the country, that means harvest. After months of tilling and tending to crops, we finally see and hopefully taste the product of such effort. The reality of food + food systems is that everyone doesn’t have a seat at the table. From the farmers who provide fresh fruits and vegetables to the organic food markets known for taking your whole paycheck and the c-stores offering inexpensive food options, the conversation about food + food systems goes beyond harvest season.

Interested in having a conversation about food and food systems? Join us for our September A Seat at the Table // Food + Food Systems. This month’s meet-up is in partnership with Cultivating Community and the Somali Bantu Community Mutual Assistance Association.

Community Meet up

Thursday, September 14

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Urban Farm Fermentory, 200 Anderson Street, Portland, Maine

A RSVP here is appreciated.


Facilitated Dinner

Thursday, September 28

5:45 pm – 8:00 pm

Grace, 15 Chestnut Street, Portland, Maine

Request a seat for dinner here.


Future Themes

October – Mental Health + Illness

November – Politics + Civility

About A Seat at the Table


Chanel Jones

An initiative of Treehouse Institute led by Chanel Jones (pictured right), A Seat at the Table aims to engage the community in having difficult discussions and conversations around entangled and complex subjects — race + privilege; sex, gender and identity; and climate change — through weekly meet-ups that will culminate in a family-style dinner. With the 2017 looking and feeling as exclusive and divisive as 2016, it is important we all pull up to the table—baggage and all—and continue to build and strengthen a more empathetic, compassionate, and understanding community.


Looking For Resources? 

We believe that it takes us all to build and strengthen a more empathetic, compassionate, and understanding community and invite you to host conversations in your home, office, favorite coffee shop or brewery. Feel free to use our conversation guides, which are available through creative commons licensing. This means they are free to you as long as you don’t try to make money off them, don’t change them for distribution, and give us a little nod.

Race + Privilege Conversation Guide

Sex, Gender + Identity Conversation Guide

Climate Change Conversation Guide

White Supremacy Conversation Guide

As you use them, we’d really appreciate hearing how your conversations go. And if there are things you try that work well, in addition to what we’ve provided in these guides, we’d love to hear about that too.