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#MicroblogMondays 57: Ethical Dinner

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Not Quite Nigella had a post recently about an ethical dinner she attended.  She explains:

The Ethics Centre’s new series of dinners called “Hard Things To Talk About” pairs innovative and surprising food, performances, speakers and thought provoking conversation. This isn’t a regular, “safe” dinner but one where your preconceptions may be dashed and you may be asked uncomfortable questions.

At her dinner, the theme was bias.  The food, the conversation, the speakers, the interactions were all meant to challenge her to think about bias.

It sounds like a cool idea, though one that could grow quite uncomfortable if not done well.

Do you think you would be up for a dinner like this?  Would it be different if you were paired with someone you would have to keep seeing in life vs. a stranger?


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1 anks { 09.28.15 at 6:21 am }

I would love to! But it would be easier to do this with strangers rather than people I see in life regularly…

2 Jen { 09.28.15 at 6:27 am }

I think I’d only want to go with people I know. But that would counteract the level of challenge. I’d love to be brave enough to give it a try!

3 Heather { 09.28.15 at 7:28 am }

I would find that kind of dinner to be interesting. I think I would like at least one person I knew there, but mostly strangers. I do think it would be easier for me to be more honest to myself.
Fascinating dinner idea…

4 Persnickety { 09.28.15 at 7:52 am }

I think it would be interesting. I think I would prefer to know at least one other person.

5 Traci York { 09.28.15 at 9:16 am }

I’d definitely be up for attending a dinner like that. I think I’d rather be paired with a stranger than someone I’d have to keep seeing. I can imagine some topics that would be easier to discuss, then never see the person again.

6 nabanita { 09.28.15 at 10:24 am }

I think dinner time is one time to relax…I wouldn’t want to be on a dinner table where uncomfortable questions are asked or with strangers…

7 Kimberly { 09.28.15 at 10:25 am }

I would love to go to a dinner like this. I love social “experiments” like this, and love to think outside the box. But you’re right – if not done well, there could be a lot of triggers for some people and would leave unhappy.

8 Isabelle { 09.28.15 at 10:40 am }

I think I’d be open to a dinner like that if I am going to talk with strangers, not anyone that I know and will see on a regular basis. Then I can talk freely about anything.

9 Kimberly { 09.28.15 at 10:55 am }

Isabelle – -That’s a good point. I can be more open to strangers sometimes than I am to best friends.

10 Geochick { 09.28.15 at 11:45 am }

It would be interesting, I think, but really uncomfortable at the same time. Right now I feel like my whole life is outside my comfort zone and its exhausting!

11 Cristy { 09.28.15 at 12:09 pm }

Yes, I’d love to attend something like this! Though I agree that the experience could be very uncomfortable if not well done.

12 Parul { 09.28.15 at 12:58 pm }

That sounds interesting and something to try once at least.

13 Lori Lavender Luz { 09.28.15 at 1:27 pm }

I think I’d really like this. Forming my own opinion about something and listening to why another has his/her beliefs. I think I’d rather have this be with someone I have a relationship, rather than a one-time conversation.

14 Sharon { 09.28.15 at 1:53 pm }

I’d be interested to try this. I wouldn’t be averse to doing it with someone I know, as long as it was a close enough friend.

15 Jen Bray { 09.28.15 at 2:45 pm }

My first reaction was “hell no”, as it initially sounded like an excuse for self-righteous people to get together and talk at one another (speaking of bias…guilty…) and then I read the post and it completely changed my mind. A well thought out and led event, designed to get you to challenge yourself. That sounds like something we all need to do from time to time. Very interesting post, thanks!

16 apluseffort { 09.28.15 at 4:14 pm }

I think it sounds fascinating. Kind of an introvert’s dream actually – no small talk required!

17 Charolette { 09.28.15 at 5:46 pm }

Gosh is that weird, that this possibility excites me? In the past I would have been overwhelmed with the idea but this sounds like a great learning opportunity as well as an opportunity to possibly be an adovcate for something.
It’s a toss up though, because I would either have to be with a total stranger or a best friend, not sure I would be able to have this conversation with just a mutual person I had to keep seeing. I like that apluseeffort said, “No small talk required!” I like that!

18 Mali { 09.28.15 at 7:54 pm }

Sounds fascinating! I suspect the people who would attend this would be the types who were open to new ideas and discussions, so it might not be as scary as it sounds. I love to be challenged in an open and non-aggressive way, so I would definitely go, whether with someone I knew or strangers.

19 Justine { 09.28.15 at 9:34 pm }

I’d love this. And I’m wondering … can we do it at (the place where I work)? Hmmm …

20 Em { 09.28.15 at 11:58 pm }

What an unusual idea for dinner but I kind of like it! I think it definitely challenges you to step outside your comfort zone. I agree that it could get uncomfortable and should be moderated.

21 md { 09.29.15 at 12:27 am }

fascinating idea, but i have to say that i am not at all brave enough for that.. plus i have too many food restrictions anyway 😉

22 Kasey { 09.29.15 at 8:08 am }

I kind of feel like grad school has been a very long dinner like this. My program has a sub-group of activist students and while I don’t always agree with them, my thinking has been challenged so much.
I would be ok with people I know or strangers I think.
The book we have just started for my women’s community group at my church is called “Eat This Book” and it’s meant to challenge how we read the bible. Each week has a food pairing activity as to how our eating mirrors our consumption of words (and really anything else in life). It’s not exactly the same thing, but food is a universal theme in everyone’s life, so works well to facilitate new thinking.

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