We recently came across the work of the Bürgerstiftung Stuttgart, the Community Foundation of Stuttgart, Germany, which is leveraging the idea of structured roundtables to catalyze multi-sector action on social issues.
A recent essay, by Irene Armbruster, a Board Member of the Breuninger Stiftung, which is funding the initiative, discusses the characteristics of effective roundtables, including:
- A clear, unambiguous goal;
- A shared attitude of among participants;
- A “host and caretaker” that ensures the roundtable is an event participants look forward to; and
- Shared assumptions, including the “deep conviction that people are in fact capable of creating shared solutions.”