Intentional Social Interaction

We seek to catalyze a seismic behavioral shift in Minnesota and beyond creating a “domino effect” of community-based problem solving. Our model of Intentional Social Interaction (“IZI”) is an effective practice that builds sustainable community engagement, leadership and collaboration.

Coming to the ‘Table’ catalyzes authentic and enduring friendships between the powerful and powerless and across sectors and disciplines. These relationships—the valuable social capital incubated–allow a community to come together while driving down disparities and building effective solutions and relationships where before none existed. We’ve welcomed over 36,000 people to the Table since 2005. 38% of all people who attend one three-hour experience report making a significant shift in their ability and desire to connect authentically across difference.

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Training

We seek to catalyze a seismic behavioral shift in Minnesota and beyond creating a “domino effect” of community-based problem solving. Our model of Intentional Social Interaction (“IZI”) is an effective practice that builds sustainable community engagement, leadership and collaboration.

Coming to the ‘Table’ catalyzes authentic and enduring friendships between the powerful and powerless and across sectors and disciplines. These relationships—the valuable social capital incubated–allow a community to come together while driving down disparities and building effective solutions and relationships where before none existed. We’ve welcomed almost 36,000 people to the Table since 2005. 38% of all people who attend one three-hour experience report making a significant shift in their ability and desire to connect authentically across difference.

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Consulting

We seek to catalyze a seismic behavioral shift in Minnesota and beyond creating a “domino effect” of community-based problem solving. Our model of Intentional Social Interaction (“IZI”) is an effective practice that builds sustainable community engagement, leadership and collaboration.

Coming to the ‘Table’ catalyzes authentic and enduring friendships between the powerful and powerless and across sectors and disciplines. These relationships—the valuable social capital incubated–allow a community to come together while driving down disparities and building effective solutions and relationships where before none existed. We’ve welcomed over 36,000 people to the Table since 2005. 38% of all people who attend one three-hour experience report making a significant shift in their ability and desire to connect authentically across difference.

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RADICAL HOSPITALITY.

Marnita’s Table exists to increase equality and decrease disparities across difference. Intentional Social Interaction (“IZI”) is Marnita’s Table effective experience engineering model that helps individuals, businesses, NGOs and government agencies achieve equity and inclusion goals.

We provide practical tools for you to build sustainable community engagement, leadership and collaboration across race, class, culture and other means of self-identity.

We’ve welcomed almost 40,000 people to IZIs since 2005. 38% of all people who attend one three-hour IZI voluntarily report significantly shifting their behavior toward consistently connecting authentically across difference.

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CONSULTING

We use our innovative model Intentional Social Interaction to achieve your equity and inclusion goals while expanding networks across difference, catalyzing new collaborative partnerships and using community based participatory research to drive concrete, measurable systems change.

As a full-service consultancy, we see to all planning, research, preparations and project management prior to, during and following an event for your organization.

Although we are a 501(c)3 nonprofit, 70% of out income comes from someone who hires us. We have exceeded the goals of our clients 100% of the time and all of them have hired us more than once.

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TRAINING

We provide training to help individuals and organizations learn Intentional Social Interaction (“IZI”). Take a class, learn the basic IZI skills, and use the skills to intentionally interact and shape your every relationship.

Learn how to:
• Host your own IZI.
• Launch and sustain a “Table” in your organization or community
• Set goals and to measure the impact of IZI
• Be a Master Trainer

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36,529 have been to the Table

38% of attendees report significant behavioral shifts towards connecting across difference

2,523 people find it much easier to connect across culture & easier to talk about cross-cultural issues after attending one IZI

2,601 now welcome the “other” into their homes now when they didn’t before

1,846 continue to collaborate either individually or organizationally with someone they met at one 3-hour IZI

1,971 understand something about the “other,” an issue or organization that they didn’t before

2,041 people of color have increased their leadership capacity or received an actual job after one 3-hour IZI

3,191 had their lives transformed by one 3-hour IZI

We have exceeded clients' expectations 100% of the time

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Marnita’s Table has now served over 36,500 people over the past 12 years. We have doubled our budget and quadrupled the number of people served through our model. We critically need your dollars. Hundreds of trainees now need access to the the tools of Intentional Social Interaction. Fortunately, we can earn opportunities through systems change in other communities but it is YOU that supports us in tackling pressing issues that serve our local community. We need funding to create solutions and your support provides us with the opportunity to continue doing so. 

Marnita's Table is a 501(c)3. Our eleven-year old organization seeks to close gaps across difference through making Intentional Social Interaction the new pattern for society where people of color, the disenfranchised, the poor, the unheard, the fragile, the LGBTQ+ and anyone who is normally left out of community decision making are automatically included and valued at the policy-making and resource-sharing table.