Tackling Real World Issues Through Dinner Conversations at The Feast

The world as we know it is changing. We’re at a proverbial tipping point—one either of planetary reset or a new thriving society—and it is in our collective power to help tip us towards humanity.

This requires global participation, which is exactly what The Feast is striving to offer. The Feast is a conference, but more than that, it is a movement to create a participatory, action-oriented invitation for anyone around the world to take part in social innovation.

Each year, we work with partners and stakeholders to identify huge opportunities for innovation, present them as our conference challenges, and—most importantly—invite solutions. This year’s roster of challenges tackle learning, health and veterans, and we have a remarkable group of partners who are helping to lead the charge. With Partnership for a Healthier America, we’re working to make healthy habits more accessible. With Microsoft Bing and the US Department of Veterans Affairs (USVA), we’re helping veterans reintegrate into society by tapping into technology that can improve their lives and get them the benefits they deserve.

The challenges are presented in tandem with thoughtfully curated speakers laying out means to tackle them—offering areas of expertise, sharing entrepreneurial lessons, and presenting insights. For example, Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist Charles Duhigg will address The Power of Habit in the context of how it might be applied not only to our lives generally, but also to health challenges.

The conference is a high-potential place to address these issues and create new, world-changing collaborations. We didn’t want to just bring people together to listen to content—that’s an old-paradigm way of thinking. Instead, we catalyze notable makers, doers, thinkers and leaders to roll up their sleeves and build something that can change the world. While we provide a remarkable experience for those at The Feast, we also want to offer as many people as humanly possible the opportunity to participate—because tipping towards humanity is going to take a mass effort.

To achieve this, we created The Feast Worldwide. On the same day as our conference, we invite anyone to host a dinner wherever they are—at 7 p.m. local time. Each host invites six or more people to ask and answer one simple question that relates to our curated challenge topics. To help hosts structure their dinners, we share resources related to our challenges—and in this way, we’re able to invite thousands to join our conference and tackle the challenges as a single, global effort.

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