What do we mean by 'Positive Social Change'?
We work for positive social change by creating and embracing ground-breaking and innovative ideas that identify problems in society and then work proactively to create scalable and sustainable solutions in the dark. For instance, there are multiple levels and facets to what people experience in the dark at our events. Depending on where people are at in their development of their psychology, attendees have vastly different experiences in the dark.
While one person who might be afraid of the dark will have a powerful and positive experience facing their anxiety, staying present with it and then come out the other end of our event liberated and surprised, another person afraid of the dark, might enter for a few minutes and have to leave right away.
We are all at different levels of skill set when it comes to dealing with emotions that come up for us in our lives and in this case in the dark. Our Blind Staff are experts at supporting our guests in the dark and making sure people feel safe and consoling them to consider getting back in to the dark.
There is something power that happens at our Blind Cafe events that's beyond just a 'cool, unique experience in the dark. When we lose our sight entirely at The Blind Cafe, there is a relinquishing of control that must happen. The attendees don't have their cell phones to habitually check every few minutes, they have to trust in their fellow attendees and our blind staff to navigate through the experience.
The attendees have to learn to listen better, be more acute with their presence in the moment and dig deeper inside themselves to communicate with each other. All their little habitual habits are interrupted and there is a window there while they are in the dark to touch in on a different way of relating to their world.
This is the positive social change we are talking about. They are offered a new perspective and we have seen from hundreds of letters from our guests how it changed the way they see the world, how they relate to blind persons and people of disability and how the just experience a deep sense of gratitude.
Thus, the event can be life-changing!
Bright Side Of The Moon ~ Austin, TX
The Blind Cafe seeks to build and strengthen relationships in the community. We do this by reaching out to local business’s and farms to help sponsor and be part of The Blind Cafe experience. Sometimes, they reach out to us! This is Matt from the Bright Side of The Moon in Austin TX, he called us up 6 weeks before our Austin Blind Cafe event last Feb. and told us he’s going to grow us Micro Greens and donate them for us to serve in the dark!
Watch this short documentary about the Positive Social Change happening at our Blind Cafe events.
San Francisco Blind Cafe, Volunteers!
We had an amazing group of volunteers come from a local university to help prepare delicious food for our guests!
Chef Jamie, The Chefler
Chef Jamie, Executive Chef from The Chefler in SF gave his heart and soul into preparing amazing food for our SF Blind Cafe in 2012.
Dark Chocolate + Strawberries in the Dark! Yum :)
Volunteer make the dark chocolate dessert for our guests! :)