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Birmingham Green Drinks

CONTACT: Malcolm Currie      info@globallylocal.net


PORTOFINO RESTAURANT  *please note change of location - same host*  - email for further information



B1 3HE
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.  *The change of venue has easier access and a larger space.*  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 at the end of the last century.   


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  9th MAY 2017

"Downsizing?" - Steve Gwinne's version is a little unconventional .. ..

Steve may start by introducing us to what is happening in a number of locations in Spain.  Barcelona's "super blocks", for example, promote communal use of space once dominated by vehicles.  But his own approach is both individual and radical to an incredible degree.

As a counter-balance, watch Parag Khanna's February 2016 TED lecture on "Connectography".  This introduces the idea of the mega city and mega city region as the only future for mankind.

TUESDAY  13th JUNE 2017 

"Greenrock?" - Bermuda is a lump of limestone sitting on top of an extinct volcano, in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.

I'll be reporting on what this Bermudian environmental campaign group is doing in terms of making Bermuda environmentally sustainable.  Can we view this as a microcosm of what is possible in the big bad world beyond the Bermuda triangle?
What are they are doing or are campaigning to do, on ENERGY; TRANSPORT; FOOD; NEIGHBOURHOOD DEVELOPMENT?                                                                                                                They are also active in the Education sector.  So, are they changing minds in the next generation of leaders?

Malcolm Currie
Globally Local

email:  info@globallylocal.net



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.



"...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


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