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Birmingham Green Drinks

we are in danger of being overwhelmed by a tidal wave of dissatisfaction with anything which smacks even remotely of the Establishment.   What are the indicators?CONTACT: Malcolm Currie      info@globallylocal.net


LOCANTA RESTAURANT  *- we move back to our original location



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.   


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


"Time for a Change?" - 

Barak Obama in his BBC interview with Prince Harry, mentioned in passing that his rapid rise to political power was the result of mobilizing THE YOUNG who are intensely dissatisfied with the established order in both politics and society.   His global youth movement now numbers over one million adherents.   
Are we in danger of being overwhelmed by a tidal wave of dissatisfaction with anything which smacks even remotely of the Establishment?  Are capable of working with this global dissatisfaction to help initiate change?  Or are we so used to a painfully slow rate of change that we miss the boat?
Talking of 'boats' - rearranging the deck chairs on the ship's deck might bring some benefits such as allowing access to sunshine for stowage passengers; providing a more equitable distribution in the use of deckchairs in short supply.  However, if the good ship 'globalisation' is sinking, surely, our efforts should be directed toward THE LIFEBOATS.   Richard Heinberg in “Powerdown” (2004) develops this theme, although fails to ‘anchor’ his lifeboats in the real world.   Time spent with economists may have clouded his vision.  As Attenborough says, “anybody who thinks you can have continuous [economic] growth in a finite world, is either a madman or an economist”.

Maybe GD/CS could help in preparing and equipping one or more of the lifeboats – that is once we have identified what are lifeboats.  (See my Globally Local paper on ‘COLLABORATIVE FUNCTIONAL REGIONS’.)

On 9th January we'll be looking at ways in which GD/CS can work with others including David Middleton's extensive business based networks; also the RSA linked 1000 Trades in the Jewellery Quarter; Sam Ewell's local foods initiative; Geoff Henderson's Makerspace - to name just a few potential partners.

A 21st century LUNAR SOCIETY?

Is there any way in which we can emulate the ethos and achievements of the original Lunar Society?  The 18th century London coffee houses spawned much of that era’s scientific, industrial, political and social innovation .  The then Birmingham Lunar Society was the catalyst for one breakthrough after another in medicine and manufacture, in astronomy and education - even - for an all male cast – promoting gender equality and education for all!                                                           

The coffee houses and the Lunar Society were ‘talking shops’ with a purpose – the exchange of ideas and the promotion of innovation.  The challenge lies in this second point.   Are we capable of identifying and promoting?  Or even if capable, is it necessary or are we simply in danger of replicating what is already happening?                                 

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"