Why Strangers Are Coming Together To Discuss Tough Subjects Over Dinner

September 12, 2014 5:13 PM

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Why Strangers Are Coming Together To Discuss Tough Subjects Over Dinner

NEW YORK -- On a late-summer evening in Venice Beach, California, a dozen strangers gathered for dinner. They sat outside on their host's patio, enjoyed a home-cooked meal of fish, brown rice, roasted vegetables and a tomato and mozzarella salad, and got to know one another. But the conversation that evening wasn't the usual polite dinner party chit-chat -- these people had come together for the explicit purpose of having an honest, unfiltered discussion about their experiences with drugs and addiction.

It was the inaugural Drugs Over Dinner event, an offshoot of social entrepreneur and former restaurateur Michael Hebb's popular Death Over Dinner project. The campaign encourages people across the country to organize a dinner with members of their community to discuss end-of-life issues. Since the c...

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