Hope Tank: Bay Area and Online

The world has enough think tanks. We need hope tanks!

Each month, we gather with local friends to generate ideas for building a nonviolent world. Hope Tanks are nonviolence affinity groups for working out strategies for the Great Turning.

Join us for these monthly discussions, which open with a silent meditation and include a potluck (please bring something vegetarian to share).

Not in the San Francisco Bay area? See our tips for starting a Hope Tank in your own community. Or join us for our web-based Hope Tanks. Details for all Hope Tanks are listed below.

Web-Based Hope Tank

This monthly gathering will be held on the first Friday of each month for the rest of 2017. Participants join via the Zoom conferencing platform. For a complete schedule and other details, please email organizer Maja Bengtson: maja@mettacenter.org.


Nonviolence News Hope Tank: Online

The Metta Center for Nonviolence is teaming up with Waging Nonviolence for a Nonviolence News Hope Tank on Wednesday mornings through the end of 2017, from 8:15-9:15 am PST (11:15-12:15 EST). We’ll discuss the featured articles published by Waging Nonviolence, exploring the key ideas, grey areas, and core nonviolence concepts highlighted in the articles.


Petaluma Hope Tank

Our meditation runs from 8:30-9:00 a.m. We then enjoy a potluck breakfast, which is followed by discussion. The hope tank usually wraps around 11 a.m.

  • When: the first Saturday of the month
  • Where: the Metta Center for Nonviolence (205 Keller Street, Suite 202D)
  • RSVP: Call or email: (707) 774–6299; stephanie@mettacenter.org


San Rafael (Marin) Hope Tank:

The Social Justice Center of Marin holds Hope Tanks on the last Thursday of the month, at 4:15 p.m. Meditation/silence begins promptly at 4:30 p.m. for 30 minutes, followed by potluck and discussion. Space is limited. RSVP with Angela Parker: angeladawnparker@gmail.com.