What we're about
We grow and maintain a small, thick community of 60 engaged persons who value achieving — in their lifetime — the most excellent and meaningful social arrangements among themselves. We do not accept the failures and disappointing performances of corporations, governmental agencies and many other institutions, but we also don’t accept excuses for ourselves. Instead, we uphold a strong sense of responsibility and agency over our lives and our neighbors’. We envision and seek to embody the potential of small committed civil society communities (sometimes called mediating institutions) to heal significant portions of the world around us and to find creative remedies to what ails us . The Convivium, as a social arrangement, as a contract of sorts, is a tool to directly benefit and nurture ourselves and our neighbors but, just as significantly, also a model, an exemplar for all to see and be encouraged by what average Americans can accomplish.