The Tables  |  21 November 2018

New Voices At The Table

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From boardrooms to broadcasts, stages to stories, and politics to panels, how do we get new, unusual, perhaps unorthodox voices heard? How do we do so without adding yet more noise to a cacophonous world? How should they be supported? Who's not listening and what might persuade them to pay attention?

To this (potentially quite vocal) table we're inviting 7 carefully chosen members who are either actively campaigning around these subjects or in positions of influence and willingness.  With different but complementary skillsets, this is an opportunity to explore these ideas, share knowledge and wisdom, discuss challenges, create new opportunities, pool networks – and feast on a delicious breakfast!

"Speak, so that I may see you" - Socrates

If you’re invited, we're confident that at the very least we will leave you feeling energised and invigorated with fresh company, new ideas and valuable connections.

Our Tables are “doubly curated”, meaning that from within our membership we have handpicked a group who we strongly think ought to meet each other and whose paths might not ordinarily cross. Further details are set out below.

Themes of the Breakfast

  • Citizenship and political change
  • Transformation through arts and culture

At the breakfast


Please arrive promptly, as we will only properly get going once everyone is at the table, and a feast awaits you, thanks to our hosts at The Black Penny! 

We'll kick off with a brief round of introductions, so that you have a sense of the variety of backgrounds and skills among your fellow guests. Over two delicious courses, we'll then dive into the theme of the morning, giving everyone the chance to speak, listen, question and think.

As ever, our conversation takes place under the Chatham House Rule, as well as the two HB House Rules, namely:

  1. No hard-selling. This is not that kind of forum.
  2. Please do your best to save your emails and texts for later: it's not only you that your phone distracts.


We'll wrap up on the dot of 9am; please let Kate know in advance if you need to leave earlier as it affects the dynamic of the table.

After the event you'll receive an email with everyone's contact details, and key recommendations that came up in conversation (such as events, organisations, articles etc.) will be shared online.

We will take account of all recorded dietary requirements when preparing the menu for this breakfast. Due to the bespoke nature of the event, seats cannot be transferred - but if you are suddenly no longer able to attend and have an appropriate replacement in mind then do let us know and we'll consider if they will fit in. We are also unable to issue refunds less than 5 days before the event.

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