If you can’t beat them, eat dinner with them.
Dinner at the Square is the signature Village Square event. Each year, there is a new dinner “season” announced. Find examples of previous seasons HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE. You must officially become a Village Square to offer the dinner series (Village Circle events can be offered by anyone, anytime, assuming you follow a few rules).
Neither a new problem or a new solution
From the early days of our Republic, legislators came to Washington and lived in separate regional boarding houses. Far from the intended mixing of ideas from culturally and regionally diverse legislators, the psychology of the tribe took over. While they came to town with preexisting differences between legislators from other regions, their segregation by regions widened the divide. President Thomas Jefferson wrote that these legislators came to work “in a spirit of avowed misunderstanding, without the smallest wish to agree. Jefferson solved the problem by inviting a mixed region group of legislators to the White House for dinner no more than a dozen at a time, sat them at a round table to prevent squabbles on who rated the head of the table (and poured lots of wine, truth be told).
Check out past programming (on some you’ll find video, on most you’ll find audio, resources about our topic and lessons learned). Simply click on the picture.