Conversations that matter

TABLETRIBES connects people in real life for conversation on news and topics they care about.

In 2016, we introduce the Radius Project, a campaign to create ONE MILLION conversations about race in 12 cities across the U.S.

Many of us take the ability to connect over coffee for granted. Woolworth lunch counter, 1960s

“If we are to have peace on earth…Our loyalties must transcend our race, our tribe, our class, and our nation; and this means we must develop a world perspective.”

Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Four A&T College students sit in seats designated for white people at the racially segregated Woolworth lunch counter in Greensboro, NC, on February 2, 1960. (Greensboro News & Record photo by Jack Moebes.)



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I know that race can be tough to talk about, but it’s important to connect face-to-face and learn more about the people around me.”


We are bringing together a vast network of leaders and organizations ready to tackle society’s need for meaningful face-to-face conversations on race. Through a series of events that bridge our online and offline worlds in 12 cities across the U.S., we will dedicate 4 weeks of programming in each city: Baltimore, New York City, St. Louis, Oakland, Los Angeles, Richmond, Chicago, New Orleans, Houston, Albuquerque, Omaha, Atlanta (schedules and locations may change).


The bonds that allow us to create an inclusive, sustainable future as friends, colleagues, and neighbors are built as we learn how to ask each other better questions and find the things we have in common. Each conversation is a unique opportunity to share stories authentically about love, life, loss and everything else that makes us human.

Non-violent Action Group members enjoy a cup of coffee at an Arlington Drug Fair lunch counter on June 23, 1960, one day after the counter was integrated. (Source: Washington Area Spark on Flickr.)

"TABLETRIBES was an eye-opening experience. It made me realize that while I may spend a lot of time every day communicating, I spend precious little conversing. With TT, I was able to do just that. I engaged in a deeper, more honest level of conversation – and with people who, frankly, I wouldn’t normally interact with."

− Eric Weiner, journalist & author

"My first experience with TABLETRIBES was such a positive one. Not only did it provide me the opportunity to expand my social and intellectual conversations to include those who possess different perspectives than my own, participating in TABLETRIBES helped me to synthesize and communicate my views in a thoughtful way. It was clear that the conversations could go on and on, so I am really looking forward to more opportunities to connect with people who hail from diverse backgrounds to discuss matters that mean a great deal to me, my family, and my community."

− Dr. Brandi Thompson Summers, Virginia Commonwealth University

"Empathy is the understanding of how things in the world work, not only from your perspective but also from the perspective of others. TABLETRIBES facilitates the opportunity to have your mind and perception expanded."

− Richard Boly, PeaceTech Lab (U.S. Institute of Peace)