From the moment we lined up to register at the local high school shelter, there was a visual smorgasbord of diversity. Young and old, black, white and in-between, two legs, one leg, and four legs – dogs, cats, chickens, parrots, hamsters. Once you registered, you were required to stay the duration – there was no reserving a place just in case. Lights were out at 10 and when lockdown happened there was no leaving the block you lived in.
At the beginning, we were a bunch of strangers and in 3 – 4 hours, after a series of heartfelt conversation, we had deeply touched each other's lives, through a series of intentionally constructed affirmative questions that seeks to discover the best in people, their communities and the world around them.
The summit exceeded expectations. The design and planning teams, and the participants all shared a sense that we had done the best we could do and it felt amazing. This feedback sums it up: “We’ve hit the reset button and it’s hard to go back.”