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happy hour at GardnerHere’s the thing: we need to talk more. Not just about sports and music and the best coffeeshops in town (although, those are great), but about how we interact with the world and with each other. This isn’t about arguing over controversial topics; it’s about encouraging each other to be more thoughtful and intentional with our relationships and environment.

This will not be one person teaching, lecturing, or preaching, because we all have things to contribute.

These dinners will have limited spots, but you’re encouraged to invite people you think will contribute to the conversation. The hope is to have a variety of viewpoints. The size will vary from dinner-to-dinner, as will the location.

What Will I Get Out of This?

  • New friends
  • More empathy
  • More understanding of “the other”
  • The chance to share your thoughts and stories
  • Dinner
  • The chance to impact your city by breaking down barriers

 

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Who started this thing?

That would be me: Sam Fagan. I sometimes look like this:

Sam Fagan Discussion Dinner

I’m a graphic and web designer here in Austin, TX who’s passionate about people’s stories (and I really like food). I’m the one at the party taking the conversation past small-talk and into the realms of intimacy. This makes some run screaming, but I’ve adopted one of Brené Brown’s quotes as my life’s motto: “Authenticity is a collection of choices that we have to make every day. It’s about the choice to show up and be real. The choice to be honest. The choice to let our true selves be seen.” Living life whole-heartedly is what creates art, and we can all be artists. Let’s do this thang.

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