5x your chances of having a life-changing conversation.
The Board Walks bring curious people together to walk 5 miles and have energizing conversations – every Saturday at 8 AM. ✨
What makes them special?
All members of The Board follow these Ground Rules...
OUR GROUND RULES
#1: Get ready to brainstorm!
The intention of our walks is to have energizing conversations. About what? Well, that’s up to you!
We’ve talked about bonsai farming, how to set boundaries, getting fired and starting companies — and everything in between. (That's why we welcome curious folks across all ages and industries... who you might not meet otherwise!)
Don't worry, you don't have to prepare a TED Talk... but we do ask that you reflect and come with a topic to share and noodle on.
#2: Be curious, kind and open-minded.
Would your friends describe you as curious, kind and open-minded? Wonderful, you'll fit right in. To make the magic happen, everyone must share these 3 qualities.
Together, we create a welcoming space for newcomers on every walk (yay!) and we care about the impact we have on others. We have zero tolerance for exclusion, bullying, discrimination or harassment.
You won’t click with everyone, and that’s okay… no one does! But please treat everyone with respect and be open to gentle feedback. (Many of our "regulars" say these walks will 5x your self-awareness and personal growth.)
#3: Find two-way flow.
We try to maintain a healthy give-and-take in conversation. We walk with a shared mindset of “Let’s muse together and think out loud”… not “Let me monologue and ask you zero questions."
We’re feeling relaxed and playing conversational Legos – but we don’t know what we’re building until it’s over. (Sometimes, not until weeks later. And we watch it slowly take shape at each walk!)
#4: Float with purpose.
We float into multiple conversations with zero judgment. Some folks even have a goal of talking to 5+ people each time.
Our walks are 5 miles (~2 hours) of organic and unguided conversation. You choose your own adventure. It might feel awkward to switch at first, but it's part of the walk's culture. Everyone does it, including the hosts!
#5: Come with insights, not agendas.
Please don’t sell or promote anything to our community.
We're here to genuinely connect, not network. Our crew's go-to question is "What do you think?" – rather than "What do you do?"
Help us preserve the magic of this neutral, agenda-free space. ✨
#6: Romance is not in the air.
If you think “Huh, the walks might be a good place to find a boo!”… please think again. We're suckers for romance, but this walk is not the place to speed date. Let's keep that energy at the bars, happy hours and literally anywhere besides our walks.
However... if you do develop a giant crush on somebody at 8 AM, we have a strict “One Reach Out, No Response, Keep It Moving” rule.
If you don’t receive a yes, respect the person's decision and do not ask again.
If you join us, you agree to our Ground Rules and understand that we will disinvite anyone who doesn’t follow them.
No biggie. It happens sometimes. For this community to thrive, it's critical that everyone shares the same intention and values. There are a lot of communities and events that may be a better fit.
But if our walks sound exciting: join members of The Board every Saturday at 8 AM. Rain or shine. Since July 2022.
Let's brainstorm in motion... and maybe even add some new folks to your personal board of directors! 🙌
The Board Walks are a relaxed environment for conversation to flow and fresh insights to bloom. Please contact your walk hosts if anyone is not following our Ground Rules.
✨ STORIES FROM OUR WALKS ✨
I moved to Austin in April. I spent my first month trying to find a community. Everything changed when I came to the walk. It's hard to find a group of genuinely open-minded, curious, and deep people today.
Several things make the walks special. For starters, the diversity of people is key to this community and makes it feel so accepting. From teachers to software engineers, the diversity of thought and opinions is not common to come across in everyday life. My favorite conversations have been about dissecting the world's problems, with my recurring topic being the US immigration system.
The intentionality within this group is unmatched. Everyone shows up with acceptance, curiosity and openness. Every walk is therapy, a full college course, and a fan club for the latest show all in 2 hours on the trail. Sorry if this seems all over the place, but I don't think there can ever be a normal way to describe the walks.
Tameron M. | Austin, TX