Lennon Flowers: Overcoming the Conspiracy of Silence
Lennon Flowers is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of The Dinner Party, a community of 10,000+ (mostly) 20- and 30-somethings working to turn loss from a conversation-stopper to a conversation-starter, with the goal of transforming our most isolating experiences into sources of meaningful connection and forward movement. She is a co-founder of The People’s Supper, which uses shared meals to build trust and connection among people of different identities and perspectives. Since January 20, 2017, The People’s Supper has powered thousands of suppers across the country, with partners including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Righteous Persons Foundation, USC Center EDGE, the Mayor’s Office in Erie, PA, the Obama Foundation, and more. Her work is born of the popular adage that change moves at the speed of trust, and a simple question: What needs healing here? Lennon is an Ashoka Fellow and a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of UNC. Backpacking, vinegar-based barbecue, and a good dance party rank high on her list of favorite things.
In Greg's conversation with Lennon, Lennon talks about her experience building and sustaining peer-driven communities by using dinners as an entry point to build connections and openly talk about grief. She shares her experiences commanding big vision with varying levels of resources and the strength of bonding and bridging ties.
3min overview of the Dinner Party
8:15min changemaking journey
13min Dinner Party work
21:15min maintaining authenticity
23:30min self care vs. collective care
25min building community & The People's Supper
29:30min metrics of success
32:45min pivot with covid-19
38:15min advice for aspiring changemakers