I'm reading a wonderful book by Andrea Wulf: "The Invention of Nature- the Adventures of ALEXANDER VON HUMBOLDT, The lost Hero of Science" After his long journey through South America and Mexico, Humboldt detoured to Washington D.C. on his way back to Europe. He wanted to meet Thomas Jefferson, who (which I had no idea), saw himself foremost as a farmer and gardener, not as the President of the freshly formed United States.
As Britain left the EU yesterday and everybody seems to be in shock, this passage comes back to me and I'm thinking this is what we need now...
"...Instead of formal levees, he invited guests to small intimate dinner parties which were held at a round table to avoid any issues of hierarchy or precedence...." (p.100)
Even if one doesn't have a round table, it's a wonderful metaphor for gathering people around a table to discuss ideas, thoughts, question the world, unite and share. Maybe it's time to host regular "round table dinners" ?