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Birmingham Green Drinks

CONTACT: Malcolm Currie      info@globallylocal.net

MEETING PLACE:

LOCANTA RESTAURANT

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.

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.   

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Tuesday MAY 10th

We have with us some members of the UK "Design" team back from conference in Turin where they featured in the top five of a competition to produce designs for the development of urban agriculture.  

They all but caused an international incident with their incisive critique of urban agriculture as just another example of "silo" thinking!  Their thesis is that without a comprehensive overhaul of our approach to sustainability, we shall fail to achieve the radical changes needed to survive this century.

JUNE GREEN DRINKS We shall be joining David Middleton at the redesigned Waterstones Bookshop New Street for David's entertaining take on the water apocolypse about to break over us!                      NOTE - the Waterstones date is Thursday 9th June, ahead of our usual second Tuesday which will still take place at Locanta on 14th June as a follow up.

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 special menu, plenty of choice, including vegan and vegetarian dishes.

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"