"There is incredible value in being known."*
Our favorite project of 2022!
started by alex workman | ready for you
#100Coffees to Save Democracy

We were so inspired by Alex Workman’s #100Coffees project that we wanted to imagine how #100Coffees could become a part of life in our community forever—without Alex having to give up sleep (and gainful employment, that is unless someone has figured out how to earn a solid income by drinking coffee with lots of people, in which case please do tell us).

What if coffee could save the world?  Alex may have actually cracked the code. Determined to FIX problems rather than hang with the complainers, Alex challenged himself to have coffee with 100 random people in 2021. He met his goal by May and kept right on going. 163 coffees later he has a blueprint for breaking down divisions and he wants to share it with the rest of us. We think it just might save democracy, so we invite you to join us in making our community a place where we know each other.  Let’s have coffee.

The Problem:  We live in silos; we listen to echo chambers; we hang out with people like us; we make assumptions; we misunderstand our neighbors; we think the worst about “them” because “us” says we should. And even after we realize all this, we don’t know how to fix it. <Enter Alex.> (Meet Alex, Chelsea and the crew here.)

The Solution:  Spend time with people of various backgrounds and viewpoints; lead with relationships before issues; and connect in fun social settings. <Huh??> Just have coffee with us. Sign up today (You’ll privately tell us a little bit about yourself and we’ll send you coffee calendar links for a couple of our 25 coffee hosts—page down on this page to meet them—who are a little different than you. Then you’ll take it from there.)

NOTES: Coffee dates are expected to be “Dutch treat.”  Also, at this time, we’re only matching up people for coffee in our local community of Tallahassee, FL. But if you live elsewhere, we welcome you to participate by recruiting your own coffee dates. Be sure to tell us how it goes! 

Need more info?  Alex joined us on our podcast to tell us all about #100Coffees.  Find Village SquareCast (episode 56) wherever you listen to podcasts, or tune in here:

What 100 Coffees can teach us about being human

100 Coffees.&nbsp; Coffee and people are two of the joys of Alex Workman’s life. He has a long-standing goal of trying to have coffee with someone he’s never met (or doesn’t know very well) once a week. In 2021, Alex embarked on a challenge to meet 100 people for coffee – he reached his goal by May and kept right on going.

“Together, let’s make our community a place where people are KNOWN instead of just being KNOWN OF!” ~Alex Workman

*”There is incredible value in being known” is, of course, Alex. The photos of #100Coffees is, you guessed it, Alex. 

Arun Dhanarajan | CFO
Second Harvest of the Big Bend
Linda Bond Edwards
Chirag Shah
Founder & CEO, Made Equal Clothing Co. & The Current Agency
Liza McFadden
Jeremy Cohen
Target Print & Mail
Elizabeth Emmanuel | CEO
Tallahassee Downtown
Tom Derzypolski
President, BowStern Marketing Communications
Liz Joyner
Believer in liberal democracy
Nicole Everett
Royle King
Volunteer Services Manager
Leon Kung
Engaged Citizen
Talethia Edwards
Community Change Maker, Advocate & Coalition Builder
Barbara Boone
Leadership Tallahassee
Mr. Adil Attari
Tim Chapin
Dean of the Florida State University College of Social Sciences and Public Policy
Vanessa Rowse
Village SquareCast Producer
Skip Foster
President, Hammerhead Communications
Becca Gilbert
Director, Marketing & Business Development
Alan Hanstein
Challenger Learning Center Tallahassee
Funmi Ojetayo
Dan Parisi
Director of New Business Development - Eastern Division at Rowland Publishing
Eliza Chase
Tyler Huston

"...the PROBLEM is that we live in a world where it’s easier to share your opinion or go on a rant behind a keyboard without ever talking to a person face to face. We may not be able to solve the world’s problems, but we can start by having conversations and getting to know people we may not know or may not agree with."

Alex Workman drinks a lot of coffee.
Over to Alex: