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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  12th SEPTEMBER 2017 

POLITICS of FOOD - 

Inputs will range from using the new mega hospital in the Winson Green/Smethwick area to promote local food production, to linking farms with Birmingham allotments for horticultural training.  Our 'guests' will be campaigners and acitivists in Food and Education.


On Tuesday we'll confirm and illustrate our two themes:- 

Introducing those who are taking PRACTICAL STEPS to change society for the better;

Collating examples of 'off the radar' INNOVATIONS which are making a difference.  We wish to start collating these and eventually publishing.  Examples are:- Housing - binishells; Food - Fattoria organic community farm in Italy; Energy - biodiesel from used cooking oil; Transport - cable car in Mexico City.    We're looking for the unexpected, the inspirational, the wierd and the wonderful!                                      

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"