In October 2017, we hosted a supper for all 450 attendees at the Obama Foundation’s inaugural summit. President Obama and Mrs. Obama each facilitated a People’s Supper at their respective tables, with guests who included Prince Harry, Caroline Kennedy, Valerie Jarrett, and Rashida Jones. After some initial concern that the supper would be “hokey,” President Obama requested the Secret Service give him “just five more minutes,” not once but twice, before bringing his table’s conversation to a close.
In 2017, a study done by USA Today named Erie, PA the worst place in the country for African Americans to live. To respond, the Erie Mayor’s office hired The People’s Supper to design and lead a series to explore and address racial inequity in Erie. We worked worked with our colleagues at the Faith Matters Network to design and implement a seven-part supper series centered on racial healing and equity, resulting in community-led proposals to make Erie more equitable. The Mayor’s office is developing an Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Council out of the series participants, and their first task is to begin implementation of these ideas.
This Is Us
TDP Labs partnered with the writer’s room of hit television show This Is Us to surface the science of grief, and share real stories of 20 and 30 somethings living through loss and life after to inform more accurate depictions of loss in mass media.
OfferUp NeighborUp Initative
The TDP Labs team wrote the guidelines for a series of NeighborUp dinners run by the OfferUp Community Team, and facilitated dinners with community leaders in partnership with enso and the LA Neighborhood Council.
USC Education Exchange
USC was preparing to bring together LA’s leading voices in education for a day and a half of best practice-sharing and collective problem-solving, and approached us with a challenge: How might we help participants build the trust necessary to talk openly about what's working and what's not? Through The People's Supper, we worked with the team to design a welcome dinner that would provoke the kind of conversation and connections that went beyond business cards and stump speeches, or arguments about one approach over another. The supper was the highest rated component of the gathering.
In partnership with creative impact agency enso, Labs curated and facilitated a series of 12 salon-style dinners bringing leaders approaching similar issues from different vantage points together for conversation, learning, and collaboration.
American + Jewish Democracy
The Lippman Kanfer Foundation for Living Torah gathered a transpartisan group of funders to discuss the ways in which the Jewish philanthropic community can play a bigger role in protecting civil liberties in the US. The Labs team kicked off the gathering with a dinner to build trust and relate as humans before a day of planning.
Greater Giving Summit + Gates Foundation
We teamed up with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to host a 150-person People’s Supper in Seattle, as part of their Greater Giving Summit, inviting participants to to reflect on the voices that shaped their own, and how we might, together, create a world in which every individual can exercise their gifts.
Talks + Workshops
The Labs team has spoken to writer’s rooms of 10 and audiences of millions on the importance of turning our hardest conversations into community.