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Michael Hebb has been staging convivial gatherings and redefining hospitality/tablemaking since 1997; co-founding the City Repair project and Communitecture with Mark Lakeman; and co-founding family supper, ripe, clarklewis, and the Gotham Bldg Tavern in Portland OR with Naomi Pomeroy. His expansive multidisciplinary dinners have taken place on five continents, have been exhibited in several museums and featured in the NY Times, W, Art Forum, The New Yorker, GQ, The Guardian and dozens of international publications. Michael strongly believes that the table is one of the most effective (and overlooked) vehicles for changing the world.

He is also the founder of One Pot - a creative agency that specializes in the technology of the common table, and the ability to shift culture through the use of thoughtful food and discourse based engagements and happenings. One Pot has worked closely with thought/cultural leaders and many foundations/institutions including: the Republic of Gabon, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Clinton Global Initiative, X Prize Foundation, FEED Foundation, Architecture For Humanity, and Summit Series. Michael is the founding Creative Director of The City Arts Festival, the founder of Night School @ The Sorrento Hotel, and is currently a Teaching Fellow at University of Washington’s Master of Communication in Digital Media department. His writings have appeared in GQ, Food and Wine, Food Arts, ARCADE, Seattle Magazine and City Arts. Michael and Dr. Shauna Shapiro are currently writing a book focused on mindfulness, neuroscience, and table ritual. In Fall 2012, as part of UW MCDM, Michael and Scott Macklin began designing Let’s Have Dinner and Talk About Death with Masters students and many of our countries healthcare leaders - the interactive digital platform is scheduled to launch Spring 2013.

About Let’s Have Dinner and Talk about Death The Let’s Have Dinner and Talk about Death project brings the important subject of end of life into the foreground and gives people the opportunity to talk about it. The Let’s Have Dinner and Talk about Death project stemmed from a Master of Communication in Digital Media (MCDM) course at The University of Washington. The course and resulting long-term project is intended to not only create communal dialogues around death, healthcare and human life, but to bolster a universal discourse, ushering in a revolution of life itself. The syllabus for the course is available at www.learni.st. For more information about Let’s Have Dinner and Talk project, visit deathoverdinner.org.

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There is a safety. When I am feeding you food, I am getting inside you. There is a vulnerability and an access that doesn't exist anywhere else. With that amazing vulnerability comes the potential for transformation. — Michael Hebb

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