Our whole purpose is to stimulate new friendships and substantial conversations, usually around a table and including food and drinks. This time around we're meeting in a coffee shop and focusing on The Top Ten New Year's Resolutions of All Time; we will kick things off with a belated New Year's Party at Liberty Cafe, just in time to renew our failed resolutions for 2013.
It's a simple setup: an interesting topic, some discussion questions and scenarios to jumpstart table talk, and dessert and coffee to fill the belly.
There are only four rules to Table Conversations to make sure things stay (or end) with some degree of civility:
1. Don't be a Jerk.
2. Don't be a Wuss.
3. Eat and be merry.
4. Have grace.
We've had success with this format because it's hard to find a place for invigorating conversations because many of us are too worried about offending other people. At Table Conversations we encourage the opposite: offend, but do with a smile. Forget about trying to be 'kind' for a bit, and share you're opinion, and be ready to hear the opinions of people who likely share drastically different perspectives.