As we continue to maintain physical distance from one another and explore new ways to connect virtually, consider the words of Priya Parker, who calls on us to “gather better” during this time.
In her recent Ted Talk, “How to Make Meaningful Connections While Apart”, Ms. Parker encourages us to be intentional about why we are gathering. As hosts, our primary concern must be, “what is the deepest need of this community now…and how might we gather around that?”
Ms. Parker reminds us that “we create meaning together… through specificity and structure around a specific purpose.” When we intentionally structure our gatherings for a purpose we can create new meaning in this difficult time. Whether that gathering is a virtual happy hour, a letter-writing campaign, a family phone call, or an On the Table discussion depends on you, your group, and your collective needs.
If you decide to host a virtual On the Table conversation, here is a brief guide to consider using.
In addition to Ms. Parker’s Ted Talk, the following resources may be of interest to you:
- How to Stay Optimistic When Everything Seems Wrong
- How to be together apart in the time of coronavirus
- How to gather with friends while social distancing, according to a meeting expert
- How to be alone, but not lonely, despite the coronavirus
- Eating Alone Together
- Take Steps to Counter the Loneliness of Social Distancing
To Support and Give Back
There are many ways we can all support our neighbors and communities. Here are two opportunities:
In partnership with the City of Chicago and United Way of Metro Chicago, The Chicago Community Trust has launched a fund to support direct services to people who have been financially affected by COVID-19. To contribute and learn more about the fund, visit chicagocovid19responsefund.org.
In collaboration with the Office of the Governor, the Alliance of Illinois Community Foundations and the United Way of Illinois has established the Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund (ICRF) to be disbursed to nonprofit organizations across the state serving individuals, families and communities hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic. To contribute and learn more about the fund, visit ilcovidresponsefund.org.