Long, narrow, rectangular tables arranged into another much longer rectangle. But it wasn't the furniture or the arrangement that made it so unique.
The table was set for the regular meeting of Healthy Dallas, a broad-based community collaboration dedicated to seeing community health outcomes improve dramatically.
What made the table so exceptional were those seated around it.
Physicians, pastors and professors were there.
Business executives, leaders of large non-profits and public sector professionals were there.
But so were a large number of community folk--moms, grandmothers, dads, residents of public housing developments--people who don't earn much money but who are focused on crafting better lives for themselves and for their beloved community.
A powerful table.
A table that holds out hope because of its openness, diversity and, more importantly, because it places such a high value on both.
A table that rewards action, that invites debate and aims for movement.
A table open to everyone.
A table rich, very rich in social capital.
A table set for change, for finding just solutions.
A table suggesting a future.
You should have been there!
You would have been very welcome.