Join Erik for tea time


Saturday, Aug 25

10am – 12pm

Blue Bottle Coffee (456 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301)
SF / Bay Area

Aug 25

10am – 12pm
Blue Bottle Coffee (456 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301)

2 seats left!

What is Tea Time, exactly?


Tea Time is where five-ish strangers sit at a cafe with a Host to have a two hour conversation. It's not about anything in particular.

You're meant to know pretty much nothing about the people that come, aside from the fact that they all signed up for this — just like you. It's self-selecting in that sense.

However, it may bring you comfort to know a little something about your Host. If so, just keep reading

Meet your Host, Erik.

(It'll be helpful to know what they look like when you're looking for a group of confused strangers at the cafe.)

I am excited to share tea with you. Regardless of who you are or what you contribute, you are welcome and belong at our teatime. I am also grateful to share tea with you. It takes courage to meet strangers and let them peek into your life. Thank you.

What's your story?

In my former life, I worked as a management consultant. In my current life, I work as a psychology researcher. In my future life, I don’t think of work as work, but as play and discovery. I used to be religious but now I’m an atheist. I wear the same pair of blue jeggings almost every day. I recently got a piercing and a tattoo, physical indicators of my ongoing identity exploration. I tuck my shirt in because it makes me feel taller and in better shape. I love philosophy. I eat at least one chocolate chip cookie every day. I binge watch bad TV when I feel anxious, which is often. I perennially try to learn coding. I am great at ellipticalling. Pop R&B is my jam. I am a normal stranger.

What might we talk about?

We might share stories about about how we choose to live our lives. Aside from such stories being fascinating, I have found that learning about the habits, decisions, and beliefs of others is one of the best ways to spark change in my own life. I hope to steer our conversations to help us learn and grow a little bit after each TWS.

We also might talk about things unrelated to the how’s and why’s of our personal lives. For instance, we might talk about funny thought experiments (what will the world be like with artificial intelligence that’s smarter than humans?), cool observations (aren’t sports events sometimes like religious experiences?), preferences (what’s your favorite restaurant in the Mission?), or anything else on our minds (what’s your spirit animal?).

The ability to change our beliefs, and not being limited to the ones we were born into, is one of the greatest gifts we have as humans.