Nashville’s FIRST RSRCH CLB!

by Nashville

Last Sunday, the official second branch of Research Club had our first session, in Nashville, Tennessee.

Inspired by Research Club during his time living in Portland, Bobby Allyn brought the idea to Nashville, where people drive cars and are terribly family oriented, spending weekends at brunch or at home. But Nashville has lots of cool stuff going on- with a handful of universities in town, a powerful medical center at Vanderbilt University, and lots of working artists, Nashville has a lot of thoughtful people making great work.

While brainstorming one day with friend Perrin Ireland on how to coalesce more bright Nashvillian bulbs more often, the pair decided to try to set up Nashville's own Research Club to bring people together around thought-provoking ideas and projects in Nashville.

After months of planning and consulting with Nim Wunnan, last Sunday, May 27th, we held our first Nashville RSRCH CLB meeting at the Brick Factory in Cummins Station. Our speakers included Diana Sullivan, a former realtor who is coordinating Tennessee's first cohousing project, who shared about the group strategizing that's gone into the development of a plot of land in Germantown for cohousing. We heard from Michael Bess, a Vanderbilt University historian who's focused on our genetically modified technological cultural future, Kevin Seale and Molly Thoreson, who spoke about the science of birthing and their personal quest for information and alternative practices for bringing their children into the world; and lastly, Lucas Hofmeister, a graduate student at Vanderbilt University, who shared about his research in biomaterials to cure heart disease.

It was an intimate gathering and a committed discussion ensued over biscuits and hard-boiled eggs. We felt very lucky to have such distinguished speakers join us for a round-table discussion about the issues they are passionate about. We hope RSRCH CLB will foster the growth of an ideas forum in Nashville, where people can gather and be exposed to thinkers they might otherwise not encounter, and expand our collective thinking as a city.

Thank you to our speakers for joining us- see you next month, June 24th!