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.