Kitchen Table Conversations (KTCs) have been developed as a tool for community engagement and activity

Download the CAPaD Kitchen Table Conversation Kit

Why Kitchen Table Conversations?

CAPaD values the kitchen table conversation (KTC) method as a way to connect Canberrans through community-based, self-managing conversations. We believe that many people hosting and participating in KTCs will help create the pre-conditions for people to desire and be able to join in participatory democracy.

We want to use Kitchen Table Conversations as a way to bring people together to work toward all our objectives.

The primary aims of the KTC method are:

to connect people
to give them the chance to listen non-judgementally to what others think about things
to safely express and develop their own opinions.

CAPaD does not primarily use KTCs as a way of gathering input to Government consultation processes.
We do advocate for other community groups and the ACT government to use community dialogue such as KTCs, but we support them to do that where we feel we can add value.

The KTC Methods Action Group was formed at the start of 2018. It reviewed KTC materials developed and used by other groups (including SEE-Change in the ACT), and developed its own KTC Kit with optional discussion questions.

This was launched in November 2018 and is free for all to use. You can download the CAPaD KTC kit here.

Go ahead and develop new discussion topics and modify the process however you wish, and use it for any small-group discussion. CAPaD would love to hear about your experiences and any feedback you might have. Please contact us at

What’s in the kit?

1. Summary of the KTC process
2. Why CAPaD recommends Kitchen Table Conversations
3. How the process works
4. The courage to host
5. Conversation agreements
6. Role of the Host
7. Role of the Scribe
Attachment A: Conversation guide A: Democracy in the ACT
Attachment B: Conversation guide B: What’s important to you? (ACT-region focus)
Attachment C: Conversation guide C: Choose your own topic
Attachment D: Sample invitation