It’s a basic human need to feel like we’re relevant, that someone understands us, that we’re not alone. We all go through transitional phases in our lives where we have to replenish our immediate networks around us. 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. How do we make it easier to discover them?
Real relationships have the power to transform. We help you find your people by using food & drink to create more meaningful moments in your day-to-day life.
Our approach includes a web/mobile platform that people can use for daily engagement (currently in product development) and a collaborative special event 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 informal settings for some 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. If you’re looking to strengthen relationships and bridge different groups or communities, you can activate your personal networks by joining a Planning Committee and organizing your own TableTribes Picnic. 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, Bethany Tucke, Angelique Augereau, Kalsoom Lakhani, Marjo Koivisto, Holly Jones, Erin Harbaugh, 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, David Ramsey, 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. Experts agree that one of the most tangible indicators of happiness and ability to flourish is a person’s level of satisfaction with the relationships around them. Unfortunately, research has been tracking the alarming decline of face-to-face connectivity and empathy levels over the past few decades. 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. We believe we can contribute to creating a healthy and productive global society by helping lay the foundation for a healthy and productive individual.
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