We believe that the act of invitation begins relationship. Invitation powers Criterion Institute. Invitation is a form of power that does not coerce, but opens a door that allows the other to take a step they might not have otherwise. This form of power is potentially available to everyone.
We are as focused on the process of the invitation and how we make room at the table as we are on the conversations and actions that can take place when all are seated. While we often plan and execute events, they are only one way to interact. We know that a real invitation allows people to truly engage with us, our people, and our ideas, whether you can attend the event or not. Criterion welcomes you into real conversation. And we ask you, in turn, to invite the stranger in to change you. Trust grace to surprise you.