launch event

Sala held it’s first gathering last night at Gusto Ristorante in the West Village. Intentionally intimate, the event was a welcomed success. Read more about the first gathering here.

sala01-photo1Anne-Brigitte Sirois shares a laugh with Sala facilitators Carl, John, & Tom


All life and human achievement is in reciprocal relation to our natural and social environments – born from its environment, yet impacts and re-forms that same environment. We share a responsibility to ensure that our relationship with our environs is concerted and progressive to best meet the needs of the present without compromising our future. To be sustainable is then to engage and form our environment so as to leave it continually better off for the sake of continually better lives and continually superior human achievements.sustainability

Sustainability is the carrying out of all we do in such a way that conditions are no worse for subsequent generations than for our own. This notion applies to virtually all areas of our lives but is particularly relevant to issues of environmental quality and resource availability – our interrelationship with the earth. Read more »

what is “sala”?

A “sala” is a living room. Short for the Italian word “salone” and root of the Parisian “salon”, the name was chosen to represent the informal lively nature of the hosted gatherings. In concept, Sala gatherings are meant to revive the Café Society culture present during the heydays of great cities – Paris in the 1920s and 30s; New York City in the 1950s. In contrast to the exclusivity typical of classical Parisian salon gatherings reserved for the social elite, Sala aims to attract multi-generational, interdisciplinary minds of concerned individuals from all walks of life. Sala gatherings will be held in semi-public spaces around downtown New York with hopes of engaging the public sphere and reinvigorating the social fabric of the

sala is born

After many months of conversation and consideration, facilitators John, Carl, and Tom are pleased to announce the launch of the Sala website!  The launch comes in anticipation of, and preparation for, the organization’s first gathering to be held later this month.  In the development of the website, the design was left intentionally minimal – allowing for both a flexible navigation structure and an aesthetic driven by user contributed content. This notion is reflective of the Sala mission – here to promote idea and information exchange, and to facilitate interaction. sala-birthWe look forward to ongoing modifications and restructurings of the website as we develop the online Sala community. We encourage visitors to submit content – be it links to relevant articles of interest, photographs, artwork, paintings, writings, studies, etc., as we continue our progress. Please email submissions to

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