Culture change starts with people change and people change starts with community and conversation (preferably over good food!). This concept is captured by the ancient latin term “convivium.” Simply put, the pleasure of good food shared in good company is a springboard to conversation and, sometimes, action.
During each stop of the Age of Disruption Tour — in which I have the honor of performing — Dr. Thomas sits down to lunch with a small group of community leaders and activist invited by AARP and local sponsors. During the lunch Dr. Thomas facilitates a conversation where all voices are heard and people begin to know each other more deeply. The theme of the lunch is “Disrupt Aging” in honor of AARP CEO JoAnn Jenkin’s signature initiative. The conversations are always thought provoking and meaningful, and personally my favorite part of each day on tour.
As the conversation deepens ideas begin to emerge, diverse at first, but then like stars alighting one at a time, patterns or constellations begin to form and the bigger picture soon becomes clear.
This swing the conversations were about what each of us has learned on our journey with aging, as a personal experience and from a professional standpoint. The ideas that emerged were thought provoking and paradoxical showing how much we have learned, and how much we still have to learn. How much things have changed and how much more change is called for.
In honor of the process of constellating ideas, takeaways from two of the lunches are below in image form. A special thanks to Julie Sebastian for showing us the Harvest way of note taking and inspiring these pieces.