The People’s Supper is a non-profit organization that uses shared meals to build trust and connection among people of different identities and perspectives. Their work, born of a belief that “change moves at the speed of trust,” might also inspire our forums. They often begin their suppers with this invitation to “brave space” by Beth Strano:
Together we will create brave space
Because there is no such thing as a “safe space” —
We exist in the real world
We all carry scars and we have all caused wounds.
In this space
We seek to turn down the volume of the outside world,
We amplify voices that fight to be heard elsewhere,
We call each other to more truth and love
We have the right to start somewhere and continue to grow.
We have the responsibility to examine what we think we know.
We will not be perfect.
This space will not be perfect. It will not always be what we wish it to be
It will be our brave space together,
We will work on it side by side.
May our forums be such brave spaces, that we create and nourish together.