Rescheduled for October 17, 2023 | St. John's Episcopal Church
we are wrong about each other.

At the core of the deep societal divisions we navigate every day is an assumption that we share little with “those people” with whom we share a country—a belief that leaves us on dangerous ground as a nation. But author and entrepreneur Dr. Todd Rose says we’ve got that all wrong. According to Dr. Rose, not only do we agree more often than we think but we’re making terrible assumptions about what the people on our own side of the aisle think—then acting on those incorrect assumptions in a way that accelerates the divisions. Born of our highly social nature and hardwiring in our DNA, we so desperately want to protect our status and reputation inside our groups so we conform with what we think our group thinks—finding ourselves inside a “collective illusion” that is not only destabilizing society, it’s making us personally miserable.

Dr. Rose offers his compelling and revelatory insights about human forces that are far too easily ignored in his most recent book: “Collective Illusions: Conformity, Complicity and the Science of Why We Make Bad Decisions.” We think his work is just so important that we’re delighted to bring him to Tallahassee to meet you (and we’ll be hosting book clubs to dive into “Collective Illusions” through the year). We don’t think you’ll ever see the world quite the same way again (trust us, that’ll be a good thing). Learn more about Dr. Rose below.


Todd Rose is the co-founder and president of Populace, a think tank committed to ensuring that all people have the opportunity to pursue fulfilling lives in a thriving society. Prior to Populace, he was a faculty member at Harvard University where he founded the Laboratory for the Science of Individuality and directed the Mind, Brain, and Education program. Todd is the best selling author of Collective Illusions, Dark Horse, and The End of Average.

We want to heartily thank our generous Dinner at the Square season sponsor Americans for Prosperity Foundation in Florida! Their support helps make it possible to bring you a season of delicious dinner with fantastic guests! Learn more about them here! We would also like to thank our Todd Rose Dinner at the Square sponsors: MedAffinity, Word of South, and Bill and Jill Mattox!


false assumptions + bad decisions = mistrust + unhappiness
Meet Dr. Todd Rose
Author of "Collective Illusions"

Todd Rose believes that as human beings we continually act against our own best interests out of our brains’ misunderstanding of what we think others believe. “We are so profoundly social that when we are incongruent with the group we do lasting damage to our self-worth, diminish our well-being and never realize our full potential.”

It took us 16 years to do this, but we finally did.
Introducing the First Ever Village Square Book Club: Collective Illusions

We think Todd Rose’s “Collective Illusions: Conformity, Complicity and the Science of Why We Make Bad Decisions” is just so frame-shifting and inspirational that we’re officially launching our first Village Square certified authentic invitation-only book club! (Psssst… you are invited.)

this program is part of our 2022-23 dinner at the square season
Let Friendship Redeem the Republic
(We Have a Democracy to Save.)

“Founding a democracy, rather like living in a democracy, can be very tough on friendship.” Our divisions come with incalculable costs to relationships with people we love, but don’t quite understand. But what if our lost closeness is epically misunderstood and tragically unnecessary?

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