Civic Innovation Fellow 2016-2017 // Civic Innovation Resident 2019
Civic Dinners aims to help create a more inclusive world where everyone feels invited and engaged in co-creating a better future by bringing people together over food for conversations that matter.
Civic Dinners operates under the assumption that breaking bread helps break down silos. In an effort to create stronger social and civic infrastructures in neighborhoods, communities and cities, Civic Dinners follow a simple structure, with 6-10 people gathering over a meal to discuss a specific topic. The format is designed to avoid debate and dominant voices while encouraging listening and understanding different perspectives. The Civic Dinners platform also allows partners to launch community conversations anywhere, making it easy for hosts to streamline the dinner creation process and capture feedback from participants of the discussion.
Jenn Graham had the idea of a “Common Ground” meal in 2016 while she was working as a consultant helping the Atlanta Regional Commission increase millennial feedback. The idea quickly developed into the Civic Dinners concept in the aftermath of the 2016 election. Jenn has a background in design, and jumped into the entrepreneurship world after working on non-profit brand design for TEDx Atlanta and Atlanta Streets Alive. She is also the founder and CEO of another startup, Aha ! Strategy, a design and strategy collaborative. She attended the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School, the Miami Ad School, and the Harvard Kennedy School.