nominate a local patriot | dinner awards april 28
We're looking for people who act local.

Through our 2019-20 season The Village Square will look for, talk about – and honor – people who stand up and make things happen where we live right here in Tallahassee. We’re calling these people “local patriots.” As far as we know there isn’t an official definition of our jumbled-up term, but we’re sure you know the kind of person we’re talking about.

And we want you to tell us who they are.

Our special fall dinner guest Stephen Kiernan, author of Authentic Patriotism, defines authentic patriotism as “a person who sees a problem and declares that it cannot be allowed to persist in a country as great as ours.” Local Patriots aren’t waiting around for someone in Washington, D.C. to fix something, they work to make our community what they imagine it can become. They look at who and what is in front of them and they do something.

For our final dinner of the year we’ll gather some of these Local Patriots (who just happen to be our neighbors) for a conversation about trending ideas from near and far that inspire our imaginations, whatever our ideological bent. Learn more about the event and our futurist host here. (Oh and if we pick your nominee to honor at our April 28th dinner you get 2 free tickets to the event!)

Nominate a Local Patriot you know.


Like most American citizens, we’ve spent the last year shaking angry fists in the general direction of the nation’s capital. This (exhausting and useless) exercise got us considering this distinct possibility: maybe we’ve got everything backwards and upside down about what’s wrong and where it gets fixed. What if by always thinking about big and far away, we’re not keeping with the American tradition of thinking and acting small, right where we live?

Imagine if Americans turned our attention toward the communities we share with other Americans, in every city, town, village and one-stoplight hamlet from sea to shining sea? What might happen then — not just in the trust that can grow in our hometowns between us, in the benefits of living more connected, less isolated lives — but imagine what would happen in Washington as a result? It isn’t Washington, D.C. that defines the community we live in — it’s on us.

“The best way to predict the future is to create it.” — Alan Kay