It’s a fundamental human need to feel like we’re relevant, that someone understands us, that we’re not alone. Every now and then, we’re lucky enough to come into contact with someone who inspires us to be our best selves, or opens up our eyes to alternative possibilities. Real relationships have the power to transform. But how do we make it easier to find likeminded people?
TableTribes uses food and drink to create meaningful moments of serendipity.
Our approach includes a web/mobile platform that people can use for daily engagement (currently in product development) and a collaborative special event/micro-conference framework to bring together larger groups and communities.
“THERE IS A LEVEL OF CONNECTIVITY IN THE UNIVERSE. THAT’S REALLY WHAT YOU WANT IN LIFE. YOU WANT TO FEEL CONNECTED.
YOU WANT TO FEEL RELEVANT. YOU WANT TO FEEL LIKE YOU’RE A PARTICIPANT IN THE GOINGS ON OF ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS AROUND YOU. THAT’S PRECISELY WHAT WE ARE, JUST BY BEING ALIVE.” — Dr. Neil Degrasse Tyson
Benjamin Franklin understood that amazing things begin to happen when big-thinkers gather in an informal setting to exchange ideas through freewheeling conversation. TableTribes Picnics are independently organized by local Planning Committees who use our collaborative framework to bring different perspectives together around food, drink, and a universally human topic selected out of a fortune cookie.
Started in Washington DC, past participants include leaders and passionate knowledge-seekers in the arts, media, design, science, music, food, education, politics, religion, business, academia, and technology. Groups around the country are beginning to host their own.
Tickets are available on a first come, first serve basis, and limited to a maximum of 35 people per event. Register to attend.
"I AM A PART OF ALL THAT I HAVE MET." – Alfred Tennyson
Bonard Molina Garcia
Kalsoom Lakhani, Marjo Koivisto, Leslie Cauley, Holly Jones, Erin Harbaugh, Joseph Katona, Colin Crowell, Robert Egger, Jennifer Vinson, Tom Gorman, Jessica Rich, Eric Weiner, Olivia Khalili, Matteo Pistono, Monica Garry, Robb Duncan, Violeta Edelman, Christopher Boutlier, Z. Michael Wang, Rachel Cothran, Eli Hengst, Clinton Bowman, Katalina Mayorga, Kate McElligott, Emily Hagel, Marc O’Brien, Rob Clayton, Ravikanth Rao, Sato Bon, Ryan Holladay, Tim Luym, Jamil Poonja, Derek Brown, Soung Wiser, David Batista, Alpa Shah, Serena Kafeyah, Tricia Martin-Owen, Bob Boilen, Matt Gross, Erin O’Brien, Linda Jeng, James Kerns, Eric Schulze, Adrian Hänni. And of course, Mom.
WE BELIEVE IN THE POWER OF FOOD AND DRINK AS A VEHICLE FOR THE EXPRESSION OF IDEAS THAT MOVE PEOPLE
AND THE OPEN EXCHANGE OF MEANINGFUL AND PRODUCTIVE DIALOGUE. – TableTribes mission statement
At a very basic human level, we are defined by the networks and communities to which we belong. When asked to describe ourselves, we reply by talking about our relationships to people and places as members of nations, religion, ethnic groups, political parties, neighborhoods, social groups or families; as employees; as participants of clubs and organizations. Through membership within these groups, we make statements about the kind of people, beliefs and values that we want to be associated with, and ultimately, the kinds of people we believe we are.
Our identities, no longer confined to physical limitations, are fluid and connected to more people than ever. Unfortunately, research has been tracking the alarming decline of face-to-face connectivity and empathy levels over the past few decades as we’ve focused on the quantity versus the depth and quality of our daily relationships. People are increasingly eating alone, living alone, and participating less in the real world around them.
TableTribes tackles the growing issue of widespread social isolation by creating fun and easy opportunities for people to have meaningful interactions with one another. Neuroscientists and specialists in human connectivity agree that one of the most tangible indicators of happiness is a person’s level of satisfaction with the relationships around them. We believe we can contribute to creating a healthy and productive global society by helping lay the foundation for a healthy and productive individual.
"MY HUMANITY IS BOUND UP IN YOURS, FOR WE CAN ONLY BE HUMAN TOGETHER." – Desmond Tutu
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