Dinner Themes

  1. Celebration of Grassroots

    Grassroots: Pertaining to the common people in contrast to the elite (Webster Dictionary). Guests Family, Friends, Grassroots organization members, Gardeners, Faith Community Member Setting Grassy picnic place; living room, public library meeting space, boat cockpit Tablescape Sculpture of grass with roots and stalks of different heights—can be constructed from cardboard,...
  2. Diversity

    To have a sense of Family Values is to love and to care for our children, parents, other family members, friends and other community members and to treat them the same way we wish to be treated. A Harris survey –a public opinion research firm– defined family values as “loving,...
  3. Education

    As children and youth we spend a good part of our day in school and what we learn about others and ourselves at school is as critical to our internal growth as learning science, math, reading, and writing is to our future livelihoods. These important crucibles for learning and self-growth...
  4. Environment

    Initiatives to reduce the use of fossil fuels and preserve the planet are plentiful and are being accomplished in homes, places of worship and through various community endeavors. Enjoy your conversations and ideas for individual and/or mutual actions over a meal that might include a solar cooked dish or dishes....
  5. Food

    Food and the way we produce, consume and handle its waste is a critically important topic encompassing human, social, economic and environmental factors.  Enjoy eating and imbibing while sharing your thoughts regarding this theme. Videos: Sisters of the Woods Future farmers and policymakers learn spiritual land stewardship at White Violet Center for...
  6. Global Friends

    Different cultures bring different “gifts” to the greater community that include an appreciation of a sense of community or of our interdependence, and/or a handling of environmental or social problems. Either discuss or research examples of these “gifts” of a chosen ethnic group that is different from your own for...
  7. Healthcare

    Healthcare is a topic that can go in many directions–Insurance companies and their costs, Big Pharma, Conventional & Unconventional Medicine, Preventive, etc.  The videos associated with this topic here cover three areas–a unique Patient/Physician Cooperative, community acupuncture and a personal non-medical pain management approach. Videos: Playing Moneyball with Doctors Believe...
  8. Media

    Media has tremendous power to inform and also to influence people and events in significant ways.  Too often, the focus is on the negative.  Yet, there are countless stories of powerful ideas and positive actions that can and are being captured in various media outlets.  These are the stories that...
  9. Media

    Media has tremendous power to inform and also to influence people and events in significant ways.  Too often, the focus is on the negative.  Yet, there are countless stories of powerful ideas and positive actions that can and are being captured in various media outlets.  These are the stories that...

The Earth Charter

The Earth Charter serves as the ethical framework for the Cultural Innovations Agency.

Its sixteen principles for universal human rights, economic justice, respect for nature and a culture of peace are woven into the themes for the Operation Bon Appetit Dinner Parties.

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