Our model of Intentional Social Interaction is designed to transfer to those we serve.
Intentional Social Interaction
Our gateway experience, purely social where participants are encouraged just to meet one new idea or person. Catalyze new relationships. Begin building a dialogue. Bring together a team. Central Minnesota is already experiencing improved social engagement across race, class and culture as a result of a series of CommUNITY Tables designed to ignite relationships and build the goodwill necessary to come together as a healthy community.
A unique take on the focus group, focused conversations build reciprocal relationships between those seeking the insight and those providing it. Often used as a Phase 1 of a Concerted Social Action planning session. This model was successfully used to catalyze relationships on behalf of the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors to further their twinning relationships between the Oromo Region of Ethiopia and the State of Minnesota Department of Health.
Concerted Social Action
Multi-disciplinary, multi-ethnic, multi-generational strategic vision aligning and action planning process to develop a executable plan to address some societal need. The Young Women’s Initiative co-convened with the Minnesota Department of Health STD/HIV Section is already having impact in reducing STD/HIV in young women of color in the State of Minnesota through one project of concerted social action.
We seek to catalyze a seismic behavioral shift in Minnesota and beyond creating a “domino effect” of community-based problem solving. Our model of Intentional Social Interaction (“IZI”) is an effective practice that builds sustainable community engagement, leadership and collaboration.
Coming to the ‘Table’ catalyzes authentic and enduring friendships between the powerful and powerless and across sectors and disciplines. These relationships—the valuable social capital incubated–allow a community to come together while driving down disparities and building effective solutions and relationships where before none existed. We’ve welcomed almost 43,000 people to the Table since 2005. 38% of all people who attend one three-hour experience report making a significant shift in their ability and desire to connect authentically across difference.
Although Marnita’s table is a 501(c)(3), 70% of our income derives from organization who hire us. Marnita’s Table provides experienced based solutions. We are experts in:
- Forging Alliances Across Difference
- Catalyzing Community and Collaborations
- Participatory Action Research
- Cross-Cultural Competency Training
- Leadership and Talent Development
- Cross-Cultural Community Engagement
- Social Capital Assessment, Catalyzation & Accrual
- Interactive Conference Design & Management
- Program Design
- Training Trainers
- Plenary Session Design
- Project Management
- Site Selection
In the last 12 years, we have hosted thousands of IZIs, serving almost 50,000 individuals. Each and every IZI achieved specific incubating objectives by qualitative measurement with our clients, convening partners and community allies.
Marnita's Table is a 501(c)3. Our thirteen-year old organization seeks to close gaps across difference through making Intentional Social Interaction the new pattern for society where people of color, the disenfranchised, the poor, the unheard, the fragile, the LGBTQ+ and anyone who is normally left out of community decision making are automatically included and valued at the policy-making and resource-sharing table.