My friend Mary Fuller recently launched a monthly potluck and support exchange for social entrepreneurs called Soup Stone. The event gets its name from an old fairy tale, which is usually told as a lesson in cooperation amid scarcity.  

In the story, some travelers need a meal but are refused by villagers. The travelers put a pot of water with a large stone in it over a fire in the village square. This spectacle, and the initial contribution of a stone by the travelers, draws curious villagers one by one into adding ingredients to the "soup." In the end, a delicious soup is created for all to enjoy.

On the evening of December 7th, I’m going to be the stone in Soup Stone. I’ll be giving a living room talk about Shareable, which hopefully will serve as a catalyst to bring folks together for a good meal and mutual support.     

If you’re in the San Francisco Bay Area, I hope you’ll join us. The event details are here.  Space is limited so please RSVP.

If you can’t make it, then consider using Mary’s guidelines to hold your own Soup Stone event. They’re relatively easy to put on. And the benefits are amazing. I’ve hosted a similar event for years. The biggest benefit is the great friends I’ve made over common cause. I encourage you to try it out.

Thumbnail image source: Bjorn1101 on Flickr. It’s an image of what’s claimed to be the world’s largest soup kettle.  From the sign over the kettle, it appears that the local Lions Club uses it for community meals in the small town of Laona, Wisconsin, USA. 
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Neal Gorenflo is the co-founder and board president of Shareable, an award-winning nonprofit news, action network, and consultancy for the sharing transformation. An epiphany in 2004 inspired Neal to

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