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Food, Not Meetings, Connects People More Effectively.


Take a generous number of folks hungry to kick back and socialize; stir in a piquant mix of progressive groups; and serve with lots of food, libations, and laughter. That's the recipe concocted by the Austin Progressive Potluckers, who take the time-honored tradition of shared suppers a step further. Each month, one of the dozens of activist groups that enliven this Texas university town plays the role of host, and people join them to learn more about their work over plates of homemade fare. "We're changing the world - one covered dish at a time," says Bruce Kravitz, who helped found the potluckers with corn-padres Diane Miller, Selwyn Polit, and Charlotte Jernigan.


THE STRATEGY: Share food, share news, share ideas and conversation!

WHAT WORKS: (1) Planners of the potlucks solicit hosts with an eye toward timely issues (2) "We want to make these events fun, and we don't want to add to the burden of already busy people."

IMPORTANT POINTS: "Our whole point is connecting people, Diane Miller says. The social ambience created when folks trade ideas over lasagna and brownies lends a resonance often unmatched by meetings, flyers, e-mails, or direct mail solicitations.
Location: USA
Action: Political, Education/P.R.
Setting: Developed World
Extent of Action: Local
Issues: Environment, Human Rights, Peace/Conflict Resolution, Corporate/Economic Abuses, Worker Rights, Resources
Year(s): 2003
Outcome successful
Source: Utne 122 JAN-FEB 2003, p.22


Prepared By: sl, 4/06
Rating: 1
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