Somewhere along the line, politics replaced sex as the one thing in America we don't discuss in mixed company - even amongst friends and family. Democracy is founded on robust dialogue, but if we can't have conversations across party lines, democracy doesn't work.
Bring it to the Table is a national grassroots movement. It is participatory online platform, community engagement campaign, and a series of webisodes aimed at bridging political divides and elevating the national conversation. The project is for those who are tired of hyper-partisanship and want to steer political discourse back into the hands of the American people.
This is your dialogue. These are your beliefs and your solutions. We've heard enough from media moguls and politicians. We want to hear from you. Please join us at The Table and be among the first to build a creative community of Americans speaking productively about our future. No matter your background, your hometown, your livelihood, your tax base, your political party, we want you to Bring It.
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The project's concept is innovative yet simple: We are traveling across the country with our Star-Spangled Table, setting up in public places such as bookstores, bakeries, and barbershops, and asking people to literally sit down at our Table and speak candidly about their political beliefs on camera. These Table Talks will be edited into webisodes that will appear across media platforms and on our own website, where the online community can help shape the conversation and determine the questions we should ask at the Table. The goal is to create a safe space where people can speak openly and authentically, without having to defend themselves against attack. There's no ranting, no rhetoric. Just honest opinions and deep-seeded beliefs. The project provides a chance for the rest of us, as viewers, to actually listen to what other people have to say, so we can start to engage across party lines.
The idea for the project arose after a conversation between New Jersey-based filmmaker Julie Winokur and her 17-year-old son in which he called his mother "the most intolerant person" he knows when it comes to politics. As a news junkie and avowedly tolerant person, Julie prided herself on being open-minded. But the more she thought about it, she realized that she was as guilty of the same narrow-mindedness as those on the other side. And so, Bring it to the Table was born.
Bring It to the Table is a project of Talking Eyes Media, an award-winning documentary company whose work has appeared in National Geographic Magazine, The New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and on Good Morning America, CNN, Discovery, MSNBC, and PBS stations nationwide.