• Hygge

    a low-key monthly (now-virtual) gathering for the socially curious


    Hygge ("hue-guh"): a quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being


  • What are Hygge Gatherings?

    Hygge is modeled after renaissance-style salon gatherings.


    Each gathering is an open invitation to the creatives, changemakers, technologists, nomads, entrepreneurs, and other kindhearted, delightful people you think we should all meet.


    We'll have dinner, talk passions and projects, and meet those who can help. Keep an eye out for our 'questions to spark authenticity' that we'd normally hand out on sticky notes at the food court we meet up at, but this time will be dropping into each of our breakout rooms during the virtual gathering.
    The force behind this event is passion, not business.
    We're here to make friends, not contacts.
    We believe everyone can teach us something.
    We are gathering to help one another do the most possible
    good with our projects, adventures, and connections.

    This is not a startup or networking meetup.

    It's an informal get-together of people seeking meaningful conversation and purpose-filled action in their lives.

    We hope to help you find it here.

    PS - We have a Facebook group!

  • Event & Venue Details

    Stay tuned for the next event to be published.

    Join the mailing list below to be notified!

    We used to gather at Hudson Eats Food Court in lower Manhattan. Then we began gathering on various virtual platforms. Our next Hygge will likely take place in a big, spacious open-air park. BYOB — bring-your-own-blanket 🤗

  • Meet Your Host, Steve Dean


    I'm an NYC-based community builder. Creating deep, authentic connections across communities is what I do. It’s what I live for. I host salons, dinners, meetups, webinars, and coworking sessions nearly every night of the week across multiple cities in order to bring people together from all over the world to share their stories and build new friendships, startups, and movements.

    📱My Work

    For the last 8 years, I've been a consultant to the entire dating industry, helping founders build and launch new apps, and helping individuals navigate the complex world of dating and relationships. You can hire me to consult, speak, or lead a workshop anytime through my website, Dateworking.


    🎧My Podcast

    I've been using my Dateworking podcast as a glorious excuse to talk to all my favorite experts and founders who focus on the art and science of human connection, sexuality, dating, relationships, and personal development! Listen here!


    🚀My Projects

    I've recently begun collaborating with other dating experts to produce dating & relationship insights, fun statistics, events, founder interviews, and live shows! My personal mission is to develop a new lexicon and new norms for modern dating and relationships. Definitely follow the action via the links below, and send your friends my way, especially if they have fun challenges that my collaborators and I can tackle!


    Subscribe to my newsletter of dating industry insights.

    Read my latest writings on my blog.

    Follow my news, events, and founder interviews on Facebook and Instagram.

    Support my connective efforts through Patreon.

    Hire me to advise your dating business or personal dating life.

    Connect with me on Instagram, Medium, Facebook, Twitter, and/or LinkedIn.

  • Support Hygge!

    I've kept Hygge completely free for the last 4 years!


    Please help me continue to create events like this.
    Buy me dinner? Coffee?

    Donations in any amount keep me fed and well-caffeinated.


    You can venmo @stevenmdean (or Paypal, or Cash app).