WE REACHED OUR INITIAL GOAL IN UNDER A WEEK!!! THANK YOU AMERICA! Now it is TIME to push this ball up a bigger HILL!!! PLUS we just announced our Global Launch - August 24th - in partnership with the Elisabeth Kubler-Ross Foundation!
Let's Have Dinner And Talk About Death
An uplifting interactive adventure that transforms this seemingly difficult conversation into one of deep engagement and empowerment.
Michael Hebb, interactive firm CIVILIZATION, The University of Washington's Masters of Communication Leadership program, Engage with Grace, the Elisabeth Kubler-Ross Foundation and thirty of the nation's leading health and wellness organizations and individuals are fast at work building this critically important website and transmedia project. We need a critical piece of funding to complete the website and launch.
Please take a moment to visit our microsite and see the immense amount of work we have already completed @ www.deathoverdinner.org.
Read more about Michael Hebb: www.tedmed.com/speakers/show?id=62068.
UW Leadership in Communication: mcdm.washington.edu
Engage with Grace: www.engagewithgrace.org
Elisabeth Kubler-Ross Foundation: www.ekrfoundation.org
Our Story (from Michael Hebb)
Hey America - my name is Michael Hebb. And On April 18th I took the mainstage at TEDMED to tell the world about a project called “Let’s Have Dinner and Talk About Death.”
You might be wondering - What the hell is wrong with me? and why I would want to have Americans stop – gather their friends – and have a conversation about how we End our Lives.
9 months ago - I was sitting in the dining car of a train – and I started a conversation with two strangers. they were both medical doctors – and shortly into the conversation we began to discuss how messed up our healthcare system is....
I learned that End of Life expense was the number 1 reason for bankruptcy in the U.S. and that over 75% of Americans want to die at home and yet only 25% do – half of us are not getting what we want – what we are entitled to - and paying dearly for it.
I was shocked – but outrage quickly turned to inspiration – and it occurred to me that How We End Our Lives is the most important and costly conversation America isn’t having. We talk about war and the environment – but we don’t talk about Death – of all of these issues that face us – Death is the most certain.
In the past 20 years I have found that the dinner table is an immensely powerful place to have difficult conversations – deepen relationships – and begin action. In the next six months – myself and design firm Civilization – will be building a beautiful interactive website and mobile platform to give everyone the tools to stop – set a table – and host a conversation that is definitely not just about our final days – but how we want to live to the fullest – and honor the wishes of those we love most. We have been working with zero budget for the last nine months – thanks to the generosity and support of the University of Washington and Olson Kundig architects.
We have gathered a rock star advisor board of some of the most influential and brilliant people in Health Care and Wellness – and now we need a little help finishing up the work so that we can share it with the world – and everyone can have access to this life affirming work.
What Are You Funding?
Design firm CIVILIZATION has been working tirelessly on this project for the past nine months without funding or payment. To complete the interactive website in time for our launch on August 24th - we need $10,000. The money will be spent paying engineers and programmers who will work around the clock to ensure our vision is realized.
Deathoverdinner.org is a 501(c)3 Nonprofit division of Engage With Grace.
Founder, Michael Hebb, will not be taking a single penny from this project, either in the development phase or during the life of the project.
Let’s Have Dinner and Talk About Death (LHD) partners with the Elisabeth Kubler-Ross Foundation to launch national discussion about end of life decision making on August 24, 2013
On March 14, 2013, The University of Washington Communication Leadership Program, Michael Hebb and Engage With Grace in partnership with 30 leaders in healthcare and wellness launched the introductory micro-site www.deathoverdinner.org – to raise awareness about the upcoming launch of our full site on August 24. The past three months have brought a significant amount of media coverage, a TEDMED talk, an immensely successful indiegogo campaign, and a dozen new partnerships for the growing project.
In tribute to the groundbreaking work of the late Elisabeth Kubler-Ross – Deathoverdinner.org will partner with the Elisabeth Kubler-Ross Foundation, president Dianne Gray and Elisabeth’s son, Ken Ross – to launch the Let’s Have Dinner (“LHD”) project with a global evening of dinners. “It is our hope to organize dozens if not hundreds of international death dinners on August 24th – to honor Elisabeth on the day she passed away,” said Dianne Gray. Dinner hosts and guests will be given access to the full version of deathoverdinner.org two weeks before the official launch. The full site will lead individuals and groups through the process of hosting and engaging in thoughtful and meaningful end-of-life decision-making events.
Early Media Coverage of our Project
The interest in Deathoverdinner.org has been staggering, we are currently in talks with many major news outlets regarding our launch. Here are some examples of early media coverage.
- Seattle Times
- UW TV