The Bento Society
The Bento Society is the community of people who practice Bentoism. Some come together for our frequent gatherings, others don't have time to attend but practice the Bento in their regular lives. One member, Julian, describes the community as "a welcoming space for people to rejuvenate themselves and co-imagine the world together."
Here's what others say about being part of it:
“Ever since I created my first bento, I knew this was the community and space for me because I feel like I'm contributing to something bigger than myself. I consistently leave our time together feeling refreshed and motivated for the week ahead. Bentoism has simply beautified my life, inside and out.”
“It's helped me feel more confident and less alone when looking at the current state of the world and also feeling stuck about certain decisions.”
“It literally changed my life. I feel like now I have a focus beyond the present. It makes me think beyond today and see life from another perspective.”
“It has given me lots of clarity and a great framework to make important decisions that I struggle with. The interactions I’ve had during bento events have been super meaningful!”
“Bento has helped me realize that I'm not yet very clear about what kind of future image I have of myself and the society I want to live in. Bento is currently helping me to interpret this nebulous image of Future Us and Future Me and to adapt my current actions accordingly.”
"On a personal level, just the most beautifully simple way of navigating complexity and structuring emotional/rational thoughts. I find myself asking myself things like ‘what would future us say’ all the time. It is allowing me to focus my mind intentionally in the right direction, and move forwards with courage, conviction and clarity. I think it’s also a brilliant framework for business."
"For the past year I've made many positive changes in my life. I learned that I can lean into epically scary situations, and there will be a path on the other side. I discovered my true self, really. Intuitively I adapted a lifestyle that is in resonance with Bentoism. Be mindful of those around you, and of their future. Over the past few weeks I've been actively practising the weekly Bento. Through the habit I realised how I had shifted too deeply into helping others (Now Us, Future Us) causing neglect on the "self". I feel much of ones life can easily be consumed with "is this the right decision" type of thinking. Bentoism helps me to almost completely eliminate that thinking. I know I am flowing the way I am supposed to. I am conscious of what I am creating in a holistic sense I am connected with the reality around me and by default am contributing sustainably. This "feeling a part of the whole" is comforting and cleansing at the same time."
"My life is so jammed with corporate workplace activities right now … the Bento community is a place to connect with topics and people that are closer to my heart and soul. I've started seeing some delightful cross-pollination. Last week I led 7 companies in a workshop urging them to imagine a dialogue between themselves and a potential customer ("customer persona") as one tool to help discover whether they have a viable market or just a cool idea. The exercise helps them develop a realistic view of their product / service and sometimes even a bit of empathy. After concluding, I said to myself hey, why don't I do that with a few of the people I'm conjuring up in my "now us" and "future us" and ESPECIALLY with one or two folks w/whom relationships are more challenging than they ought to be."
“Being able to sit and really think about and be accountable to all aspects of my now and future selves is time I now treasure in my week. Maybe changing the world is in how we all live our lives and not the preserve of a select few.”
“It helps me make better decisions. This is hugely powerful and will cumulatively add to huge benefits in the long run.”
“Gathering with our Bento Society is a place where my thoughts become things… a place to connect with people whose ideal of success stretches beyond the pursuit of dominance and the almighty dollar.”
“Bentoism helped me begin to unearth the broader sense of values that I have that exist outside of commercial consumerism and my existence being defined by my daily career.”
"I am more mindful in a different way than before. It helps simultaneously ground me while adding clarity to the bigger picture of my life. It has also inspired me to put more effort and intentionality into bringing to life my most hard to overcome ambitions (as small as they may seem), because of their place in my entire life, not just the ‘now me’."
In its first year, the Bento Society hosted more than 100 events joined by thousands of people from around the world. In these sessions we examine our goals and intentions, explore alternate realities, and face the larger world. RSVP for a Weekly Bento here.
There are smaller weekly Bento Groups as well. These are a twelve-week guided experiences for groups of up to ten people. You can sign up for the second cohort, launching in January, here.
You can see our calendar of events here.
You can join us on Slack here.