In a time when too many town hall meetings make national news with fistfights (egged on by professional polarizers who make big money – or win elections – if we can’t stand each other), we think it’s past time that neighbors get reacquainted, break a little bread together now and then, remembering how being neighbors used to work. Lost in all the focus on the highly divisive national slugfest are the issues that affect us locally, personally, everyday. And if we’re not showing up to help make the decisions important in our hometown, who will? We like the idea that we can show all those hoity-toity Washington DC types how it’s done. And since we’re supposed to be a government of the people, by the people and for the people, maybe this is just as it should be.
At the Longest Table we share a meal and get a glimpse into one another’s lives and unique experiences, across the diversity that makes us a vibrant and vital community. A project of the City of Tallahassee, Leon County Government, Leadership Tallahassee and the Village Square.
In the spirit of Mr. Franklin and the tradition of invention & association that has always made America unique, we’re inviting college students from around the community to join us for “Company, Chat, a Laugh, a Glass” and “wise Sentences.” Join us as we Eat. Drink. Think.
Invented by a Jewish rabbi, now there’s Christian speed dating, graduate student speed dating, even speed dating for pet adoption and – for the truly noncommittal – online speed dating.
There’s nothing more quintessentially American than a town hall meeting. It’s how the business of American community has gotten done from just about the moment the first disaffected European foot hit ground in the New World.
Our annual town hall pairs commissioners from the City of Tallahassee and Leon County to have a constructive (and neighborly) cross-governmental discussion about where we are, where we’re going and what the challenges ahead might be.
If we’re going to live into the long-promised vision of our founders that “all men are created equal,” we’re probably going to have to get a little uncomfortable first. In partnership with Leon County.