One of the goals of the event, Phillips told me beforehand, is to surround partygoers with "people who are doing amazing, interesting things," giving each other access to a "new world of collaborators and inspiration."

I thought of that when I met a man named whose face was obscured simply by a mask of flames. He told me that he had quit his high-paying job in information technology to help run a health clinic for responders of the 9/11 attacks.

"I've never been happier," he said.

Last week, Lightning Society organized one of the best (if not THE BEST) parties of the year.

 

While Lightning Society is known for curating one of the most lavish, yet inclusive parties in NYC, the group also fosters a collaborative living project - Lightning Society Lofts. This new way of living is founded on "community, self-expression, and recognizing the best in each other," and hosts community-building events like Vulnerable AF to encourage people to expand the edge of their comfort zone through guided, intimate conversations in a safe zone.

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