On Saturday night Jeff and I started something that I hope will continue for a while. Together with nine of our friends, we had a “Party For Your Thoughts”.
The party needs a bit of backstory: I love the serendipity of finding interesting content online through my social network. I watch, listen and read many things a week, crammed into small moments of my day. Jeff and I recommend things to each other and then talk about them, but I wanted to talk more in-depth to more people about some of the things I was thinking about.
So the idea for the party was born. Part book club, part dinner party, part philosophy tutorial, part rip-off of the endorsements segment on Slate Culture Gabfest… We ordered takeaway because I wanted to be able to concentrate on the ideas, not the food. But I created a loophole where the host is expected to provide a spectacular dessert. This month’s was a Bombe Alaska.
One guest, Vanessa, blogged about the party and shared the pieces up for discussion, if you’d like to see the pieces. Vanessa lives in Bega and plans to set her own franchise of the idea so she doesn’t have to make that 12 hour round-trip every time it’s on.
Several people there commented that the pieces were already having a conversation with one another – showing similar interests and questions about life. To which I said, ‘well yeah, you curated the pieces, and we curated who those curators were going to be!’ But it wasn’t just people agreeing with one another politely. There was lively debate about some things, but everyone listened to one another, and everyone had stuff to say.
It was such a wonderful night. No-one except for us knew everyone, so people were meeting each other for the first time. They felt like they knew each other a bit by reading/listening/watching each person’s piece, so the first question didn’t have to be “where do you live?” or “what do you do?” We just got straight into talking about stuff we really care about and have views on. So refreshing!
No photos exist of the night (a testament to how much fun I was having!) It was the first evening gathering we’ve had at our house in ages. Totally my kind of party.
We will do it again in two months.