CONTACT: Malcolm Currie email@example.com
PORTOFINO RESTAURANT *please note change of location - same host* - email for further information
21, FREDERICK STREET
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.
The March and April sessions will connect with a day seminar on Saturday 22nd April.
This seminar, 'Values for the Future', will examine a number of controversial options for a sustainable and equitable future. Green Drinks March and April sessions will lead up to this with the following:-
TUESDAY 14 MARCH - "GUERRILLA TACTICS"
Geoff Henderson's URBAN HAX provides makerspace for "makers, tinkerers, innovators, hobbyists". Geoff's subversive approach to developing a new world order requires - in his own words - "guerrilla tactics". Join us to find out exactly what he means by this. Geoff's social enterprise projects have for years demonstrated a genuine cross sector approach to innovation - something quite rare in practice, despite many fine words on the need for such.
TUESDAY 11 APRIL - MEGA CITIES
The elephant in the room for the environmental movement? What's it like to live in a city of 20 million; and to belong to a city region of 120 million? This is not the future - it is now. Is this what will replace the nation state? "Normal" cities of a couple of million people are flexing their financial and political muscle in USA, Latin America and Asia, often defying the dictat of their host nation. Can we begin to imagine what the mega city can achieve? The claim is - if they are successful, they'll change the face of the globe in a far more profound way than did the Industrial Revolution. If they fail ... ... ... ...
Watch Parag Khanna's February 2016 TED lecture on "Connectography".
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.
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
extract from Theodore Zeldin's "Intimate History of Conversation"