Michael Hebb
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  • "Michael Hebb is a rare breed of artist and creative- he has a deep and powerful understanding of the human condition, connection, spirit, and what the underlying forces that create special or elevated moments in time. He crafts experiences using the age old arts of narrative and ritual, and approaches creative problems with a masters experience and a beginners mind. "
    -Elliott Bisnow, Founder Summit Series & Summit Eden

  • "Michael Hebb captivated the TEDMED audience. He's a natural storyteller: Authentic, vulnerable, and with the skill to draw an audience into an utterly unique and vibrant idea that has gathered international attention and acclaim."
    -Shirley Bergin, CMO/COO TEDMED

  • "We all know magic when it is happening on the stage and that's what happens when Michael Hebb speaks... He is not afraid to explore difficult topics and sees the connections between things that are rarely explored well on stage."
    -Sunny Bates, Sunny Bates Associates

  • "He is a master of experience and edge, and will guide any audience well past the milquetoast of safe, comfortable discussion. Which if we seek to effect meaningful change, is exactly the kind of discourse we need right now."
    -Hanson Hosein, Founder/Director, Communication Leadership Graduate Program at the University of Washington

  • "We are such a fast-food culture, I love the idea of making the dinner last for hours. These are the conversations that will help us to evolve. The Huffington Post is excited to partner with DrugsOverDinner to help expand this conversation from coast-to-coast and around the world."
    -Arianna Huffington

Michael Hebb

Described by the New York Times as an "underground restaurateur, impresario and provocateur," Michael Hebb is an innovative and influential cultural figure and activist. He believes that the dinner table is one of the most effective, yet overlooked, vehicles for changing the world, and he aims to utilize that setting for thoughtful discussion on universal topics including community rituals, cultural history, and even end-of-life concerns.

Since 1997, Michael has been staging invitation-only salons and dinners where guests from multiple disciplines and various backgrounds focus on specific themes or ideas, often taking on cross-cultural and multidisciplinary topics. These innovative gatherings have taken place on five continents and have been exhibited in several museums, garnering coverage in the New York Times, W, Art Forum, the New Yorker, GQ, the Guardian and dozens of international publications.

Michael's invite-only dinners and salons have been co-created with many notables, including Gloria Steinem, Ben Affleck, Spike Lee, President Paul Kagame, Paul Krugman, Olivia Wilde, Gore Vidal, Clive Owen, President Mary Robinson, Peter Diamandis, Macklemore, and more.

As a Teaching Fellow at University of Washington's Masters of Communication in Digital Media department, Michael launched Let's Have Dinner And Talk About Death, a platform for what he calls "convivial gatherings" that set out to redefine hospitality and the ritual of sharing meals. He created this project to foster proactive conversations about death and end-of-life decisions, bringing to the forefront a difficult topic that isn't always discussed openly. The dinners take place around a table, where students and healthcare professionals share a meal talking about human life, cultural connections, and death.

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