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Birmingham Green Drinks

CONTACT: Malcolm Currie      info@globallylocal.net

MEETING PLACE: - SECOND TUESDAY OF THE MONTH  

LOCANTA RESTAURANT  *- we move back to our original location

31 LUDGATE HILL

ST PAUL'S SQUARE

B3 1EH
food and drinks from 6.00p.m. - guests and/or main topic introduced at 7.00/7.15p.m.  See further background information at bottom of page.  Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month.   Erkan remains our host and will meet all individual food and drink requests as before.

We are the Birmingham Green Drinks, part of a global network with over 600 locations around the world.   We are using the old "Cafe Society" title and format which served us so well prior to taking on the Green Drinks mantel for Birmingham.   

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Birmingham Green Drinks/Cafe Society is introducing those who are making a PRACTICAL and tangible difference to society.  In some instances this involves a radical rethink of the norm; in others it's simply subversive!  

We'd like to hear of those - or to hear from those - making a practical difference.  

Birmingham Green Drinks/Cafe Society next session is

TUESDAY  14th NOVEMBER 2017 

"Making Places that Last" - 

Leading up to our next GD/CS session on TUESDAY 14 NOVEMBER at LOCANTA are two linked events which will form the core of our discussion on that occasion.
 
1st NOVEMBER
The recent “Making Places which Last” Exhibition and Seminar at the MAC threw up some serious challenges to the way we conduct our environmental campaigns.  It also provided some inspirational examples of successful change.
 
GD / CS is able to act as a regular point of contact and a forum for exchange of information on some of these incredible, often “under the radar”, innovations and changes.  Three points stood out from this programme:-
 - It’s essential that we work genuinely cross sector - not merely pay lip service to the mantra!
 - Some of the most innovative changes are ‘genuinely’ ground up (although identifying key people with authority to act is equally important and effective).
 - There’s a serious need for better communications linking innovations and innovators.
 
We’re looking to strengthening the role of GD / CS in the New Year and in the meantime invite you to join us at the next two sessions to keep the dialogue and conversations rolling!
 
We’ll meet TUESDAY 14 NOVEMBER from 6.00p.m. and then on TUESDAY 12 DECEMBER.
Also place Tuesday 9 January in the diary.
 
Malcolm
 
7th NOVEMBER
David Middleton, a co-organiser of 1st November event, launches the third book in his trilogy of uncannily prophetic fictional works on the present state of the world.
Given the subject matter - climate change and the opening up of the Arctic - one can only trust that it turns out to be not too accurate a prediction!  If it’s anything like his first two books, it will, in any case, make a darn good read.  For details of this event at Waterstones,if interested, please let me know and I'll forward a flyer.
 
 
Best wishes

Join us to learn more and to introduce us to other practitioners who are exploiting those 'cracks in the system'  to achieve real breakthroughs.                                   

Malcolm Currie
Globally Local

email:  info@globallylocal.net

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BRUM GREEN DRINKS / CAFE SOCIETY - GENERAL GUIDELINES

Of course, you don't have to have a meal in order to join in, although it helps us to have an idea of meal numbers in advance.  Erkan, our host,  provides an excellent menu, plenty of choice, including vegan and vegetarian dishes.  Dishes can be tailored to individual tastes.

Meals and/or drinks are available anytime from 6.00p.m.; and any "guest" for the evening is introduced at about 7.00p.m.  There's no closing time; people stay for as long or as short a time as they wish.  As a guide, the main discussion usually lasts about an hour and a half, after the guest's initial 5 to 10 minutes [maximum].   

The role of the guest speaker is to promote discussion; to challenge, rather than deliver an after dinner speech!   Just 5 to 10 minutes is all they are allowed as an introduction.

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GREEN DRINKS/CAFE SOCIETY

“A NEW VERSION OF AN OLD IDEA

"...a place where anybody can come, alone or with friends,

to enjoy a meal...

a place to air and share opinions, in a friendly and

convivial atmosphere... - about the issues facing us all;

The local restaurant becomes a focal point where people can go for a satisfying evening out, knowing that they will meet others who wish to talk about any of the issues - social, economic, cultural or whatever - they feel concerned about.”

“Who knows whom you might meet!

They’ll listen - they’ll answer back -

and together we’ll create

a new kind of

society..."

extract from Theodore Zeldin's "Intimate History of Conversation"