The shape of the table
One of my earliest recognitions of the madness of politics was the discussions of the shape of the table of the Paris Peace Talks designed to end the Vietnam way.
It took over 6 months to decided on the shape of the table, hampered by the unwillingness of some of the parties to sit at the same table with others. Ultimately 3 separate adjacent tables were used – with North and South Vietnam in the center circular table.
These tables (with there fancy slide out writing surfaces) were both heavily researched and expensive to make. And the conversations across them were pretty good i must confess.
So i should not have been surprised when Red’s new Octagonal picnic tables took dinner this evening by storm.
Everyone wanted to sit at it and it is clear that this is much better for conversation than our conventional tables. And it is clear we should make more, potentially of different sizes. We are highly social around meals and this table design will strengthen our communication. The only questions is why we did not do it years ago.