What to expect when you attend a My Neighbor’s Voice gathering.
After you sign up, your name will be given to a volunteer host who will contact you and check on any food allergies and give you directions to his or her home, as well as the host’s contact information.
On the evening of the event, you will be warmly greeted and given a name tag. Once all the guests arrive, you will be informed by your host as to the simple supper menu and how to serve your plate and then have a seat at the table.
Once everyone is seated, a certified My Neighbor’s Voice moderator then formally starts the evening using the same script for every event. No cell phones are allowed.
We begin with introductions. These last about 2-3 three minutes each.
After everyone has introduced themselves, the moderator then produces the deck of My Neighbor’s Voice questions and answers the first question. The questions are about our community and civic life together, and they’re divided into four categories or rounds. You will have about 2 to 2 ½ minutes to answer your question.
Once you’ve given your answer, you pass the deck to the next person and he or she answers the next question, and so on. No one at any time may ask a question or make any response to someone else’s question. We just get to listen.
At the end of the third round, there’s a brief break and coffee, tea, and dessert are served.
After the final round of questions, the moderator then opens the table up to everyone. That’s when folks can ask questions, clarify a previous answer, and make comments. You will be asked to fill out a survey about your experiences which you may do at the end, take home, or fill out online.