How Gerry’s 95-year old Dad inspired Gerry to change the world, with something as simple as conversations at dinner time. This conversation will change the way you talk about dinner, in your family. Forever.
Gerry Hays is the CEO and co-founder of DinnerCall, a company with an application that brings families back together at the dinner table. Through their Billion Dinners Challenge, families are encourage to reconnect and experience the magic of mealtime.
“Research shows people who take 25 minutes a day and enter into a meaningful conversation have a much more fulfilled lie, which translates to a number of benefits such as lower obesity, substance abuse and depression”
“(DinnerCall) allows you to learn something interesting about everyone that we never would have known. By bringing in these questions, it’s interesting how everyone looks forward to coming to the dinner table and engaging.”
Beta users of the program are reporting better relationships with their children in just two weeks.
“As a child, the dinner table was a place where I was safe; you’re not judged, and you can listen to your brothers speak and parent’s tell stories. That’s a tradition I kept up as an adult, with my kids.”
When in Chicago for business, Gerry visits his own grandfather often to talk and listen to his stories over dinner.
“Everytime I leave I feel so in spirit. Everyone should be doing this.”
“I’m 47 years old and I want to make a difference in this world. I’m just going to go out there, push as hard as I can, and remind people this is a time of day when you can really feel human again.”
“It’s depressing when you’re around other people, but you’re not connected to them”
Superhero: Captain America
Cartoon: Bugs Bunny
Video Game: Galaga
Family Tradition: dinner time with his family
Motivation as a Child: Gerry got this from his older brothers
Most Embarrassing Moment: In 5th grade, he went for a first kiss and missed
Parent’s Parenting Style: A combination of independence and dictatorship
“When they were in parenting mode, it was a dictatorship. When they were out of parenting mode, they gave us the freedom to live our lives.”
Advice: “Try not to spend a lot of time having thoughts about your past and future. When you’re with your kids, be with your kids 100%. If you do that, everything else will take care of itself.”
www.BillionDinners.org (to download the app and take the challenge)