Intentional Social Interaction
The Foundation of Social Success & Cohesion
Intentional Social Interaction, our innovative peer-to-peer experience is a human-centered technology designed to transfer to those we serve.
‘Intentional Social Interaction’ dismantles racism and other ‘isms’ and catalyzes collaboration through coupling innovative experience and environmental engineering with adult action learning. ISI powerfully erases stereotypes while etching positive cross-cultural reality into participants’ neural pathways. We like to say, “positive reality supplants negative stereotype.” Through leveraging the sights, smells, tastes, sounds and cross-cultural interactions during the experience we inspire emotional resonance and build positive cross-cultural memories necessary to build ongoing and productive relationships.
The Table is transformational, a living metaphor for how an equal, just and resource-abundant global community operates, recognizing and valuing all voices.
The foundation of Intentional Social Interaction and all of Marnita’s Table’s work rests on peer-reviewed behavioral research. It turns out that all those expressions like “birds of a feather flock together” and “two peas in a pod” are true. Engaged youth inspire other youth to become engaged. We have found this particularly true in under-resourced communities. If one executive becomes good at listening and responding to community needs, soon other executives see the benefit and begin the practice.
The Table is now expanding our understanding of how social capital actually operates in a community. We now know that catalyzing social capital has the ability to ignite positive social contagion resulting in more effective collaborations and outcomes.
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 GLBT and anyone who is normally left out of community decision making are automatically included and valued at the policy-making and resource-sharing table.