Round up a group of friends for an hour or so of live, in-person conversation once a month. We provide an Idea Film that touches on up to two topics — anything from forgiveness and bioethics to creativity and the future of religion. You play the video for your group and, after viewing the episode, talk.
Yes. Hosts gain access to each new episode on the first of the month. Feel free to take a look.
The videos are about 20 minutes long and we recommend setting aside one to two hours for conversation.
From our experience, 15 people is a great size for conversation but of course that depends on your space. You’re encouraged to over-invite—we all know that things come up at the last minute and people will cancel. There’s no hard rule but we think 8 people should be the minimum.
Some hosts focus on gathering people from diverse backgrounds. Others round up friends who know each other well. We think it adds something special to have people in the room who don’t know each other super well. But, however you do it, you will discover that even people who seem to have much in common have a diversity of life experience that makes for a rich conversation.
That’s your choice as well.
We suggest that you send a day-of email reminding your guests of the start time, etc. and in that email, ask them to turn off their cell phone before they come in. Perhaps provide a landline number if, for instance, a babysitter needs to urgently get in touch with a parent.
No. What we have seen is that the conversations do not need facilitating. There may be an awkward silence when the film ends. Some people won’t talk right away, or at all. That’s ok.
Sure. Any private space works as as long as you have a TV that can show the video.
We don’t have too many “shoulds.” Food and drink is totally up to you. Whatever you might put out for a book club probably makes sense for this. Here are some tips for an affordable event:
Have your guests contribute an appetizer.
Yes. Consistency is the most important thing, so if sharing makes it easier to meet more often, then you should do that.
Yes. Some might want to round up a co-ed group for an evening meeting and then a group of women for coffee. Fine by us.
We recommend having monthly meetings. We understand not everyone can do that. Try to do the first three in a row.
Absolutely. It’s inevitable that the groups will evolve and change.
Just logon to the website. Hosts have access to the video on the first of the month. It will unlock for guests at the end of the month. We do this purposefully so guests see the film for the first time with their group.
Hosts will want to stream the video from their computer to their TV. You will need a Smart TV, Apple TV, or Chromecast. Eventually Amazon Firestick and Roku will work when we build our app. We have several tech geniuses who can troubleshoot with you if you hit a snag. Call (406) 412-1955.
No. We ask that your guests become members on the website. It’s a nominal monthly fee (less than a book, less than a yoga session, less than other core practices that make life work better).
Membership is required for all hosts and guests after the first conversation. Each member manages their own membership online. Membership is per-household and includes significant others and partners, as well as adult children living in the home.