Breakfasts

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What's the most delightful way to start THE day?

Our answer to that question has been tried, tested, tasted and tweaked over many years and many breakfasts.

In a nutshell - perhaps an eggshell - it amounts to two vital ingredients: the company of a small group of new, interesting, relevant people; and a rich conversation full of juicy ideas on subjects that you care about.

We don't think financial status should ever stand in the way of people meeting. We ask those who can afford to do so to make a donation of £15 to help cover the cost of their Hot Breakfast. Guests have the option of contributing £30 if they would like to contribute towards the seat of someone who can't currently afford to pay.

 

What

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Our gatherings take place online between 7.45-9.15am on weekday mornings and are led by one of our trained Hosts. Just 5 guests are invited to a table - each handpicked because of both their relevance to, and their distinction from, each other.

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The flow of our conversation is emergent and generative, guided by the curiosity and priorities of our guests. Every breakfast is centred around a theme about which we are confident that everyone at the table has plenty to give and take.

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We're keen to ensure that our Breakfasts help to progress from conversation to action, so we conclude by discussing how we can help each other. Later that day, the host will share contact details and welcome you to join our online community.

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I didn’t really know what to expect of The Hot Breakfast but I think I now fully understand the essential meaning of 'social capital' and how it can work. It was very inspiring and took me out of my personal and work bubble in an exhilarating way.

Marie Jessel, Producer (BBC)

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I was really inspired and energised by what an interesting bunch of people they were… The Hot Breakfast made me zing all morning!

Georgina Smee, Social Entrepreneur

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I found it really refreshing meeting different, smart people - a great opportunity to see into their worlds.

Alicia Lawson, Director

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I might start sounding like a broken record... but I have to say it again. I really enjoyed meeting such a clever bunch of people yesterday. Thank you for curating such a lovely breakfast morning

Anne-Cecile Bertrand, Management Consultant

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I knew it would be good but I had not expected it to be that good.

Bob Jones, Former Managing Partner (Law Firm)

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The more great people I meet, the more good luck I seem to have

Kate Pumphrey, Founder of The Hot Breakfast

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Cognitive diversity is a diversity in the way people think about and engage with new, uncertain and complex situations. Research shows a significant correlation between high cognitive diversity and high performance.

Reynolds & Lewis, Harvard Business Review

Why

In feedback from our guests:

96% of guests would definitely attend another Hot Breakfast.

98% of guests agreed with the statement that The Hot Breakfast had introduced them to people who shared their values but had different perspectives.

98% of guests reported leaving their Hot Breakfast feeling positive.

(Data from all feedback received from 75 guests in June 2020)

Next breakfast

July 2020: RENEWAL

How can organisations, places, societies and hierarchies renew themselves fairly, sustainably and ambitiously?

Each week we are approaching the theme of "Renewal" with a different lens. We're inviting unusual combinations of guests who share an expertise and passion for this subject to join us at breakfasts where they can pool their insights, experiences and resources.

WHET YOUR APPETITE?

Themes

The choice of theme for each breakfast is guided by our guests' interests as well as matters raised at previous Hot Breakfast tables.

We think holistically, seeking out subjects that span sectors and where no single profession or discipline has all the answers, and that often invite a response that sits at the cross-section of our personal, professional and intellectual selves. We tackle stuff that is big and challenging and exciting. This also the stuff where there are no easy solutions or quick fixes; indeed, we're particularly interested in discussing the trade-offs and shadowy sides of bold visions and decisions.

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Business in the twenty-first century

Breakfasts about:

People, planet and profit in businesses both big and small. Innovative practices and inspiring cultures. Leadership, development and purpose.

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Citizenship and political change

Breakfasts about:

Contemporary politics and historical roots. The trajectory that we’re on and how to shape it. Grass roots activity and central command. Responsibilities, rights and regulation.

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Educating for the future

Breakfasts about:

Fostering a better future for people young and old. Best practice from tradition and the counter-cultural. Developing skillsets and mindsets for a changing world.

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Technology, data and our digital growth

Breakfasts about:

Prospects and pitfalls, implications and ethics. Staying relevant and protecting against displacement. Promoting and policing progress.

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A sustainable society

Breakfasts about:

The many facets of development and growth. Our role as caretakers and stewards. Minimising and managing risk. New sources of energy, new systems of economy.

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Modern mindsets for living and working

Breakfasts about:

Finding balance, finding meaning. Creating new paradigms and identities. Making the most of age, gender and cohort. Philosophy for our times.

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Transformation through arts and culture

Breakfasts about:

Championing new artists, new activities, new values. Activism through words, design and performance. Finding fresh frameworks. Insights from beauty and creativity.

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The entrepreneurial mindset

Breakfasts about:

Freelancing and founding. Going it alone and doing it different. Tips, tricks and vicarious learning for the creation of business and brand. Measuring and reconciling risk.

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Health as a whole

Breakfasts about:

Physical and mental health, and personal and societal well-being. Progressive practice in medicine, nutrition, lifestyle and care.

A taste of past tables

Community Through Change

April 2020

Conversational crumb TRAIL:

How do we dismantle the barriers to trust in a community? What's regressive about who we label as "vulnerable"? How can we help stymie the spread of disinformation? What are the bellwethers of health in a society? If we sacrifice some liberty now, how do we recoup it later? Can we embed the best of the current community spirit in structures that might help ensure its longevity?

Whet your appetite? Let us know you'd like a taste of this topic: ideas@thehotbreakfast.com

Leadership Amidst Certain Uncertainty

May 2020

Conversational crumb TRAIL:

What do followers need from leaders at a time of crisis? How can you sensitively manage your team in the virtual world? Who are proving to be unexpected role models? How can leadership best function within a collaborative, "flat" ecosystem? Which personality types are favoured and prejudiced by the new working conditions and how do you adjust accordingly?

Whet your appetite? Let us know you'd like a taste of this topic: ideas@thehotbreakfast.com

Resetting the Sustainability Agenda

May 2020

CONVERSATIONAL CRUMB TRAIL:

How do different age cohorts give support, space and energy to each other within the movement for a more sustainable future? What are the different incentives that compel us towards greener behaviours and how might we create virtuous circles that reward better choices? What ESG conditions could be imposed on the sectors that are bailed out? How might the concept of stewardship be effectively harnessed in different sectors?

Whet your appetite? Let us know you'd like a taste of this topic: ideas@thehotbreakfast.com

Reassessing Old Paradigms

May 2020

Conversational Crumb trail:

What can we learn from the success of movements and leaders (who we may dislike) about how to be masterful story-tellers? Has the pandemic time warp - in which some things have moved very quickly and some very slowly - fundamentally affected our judgement about what we value? Are we witnessing a different type of innovation because introverts are favoured by lockdown life? How can we mitigate the "Online Disinhibition Effect"?

Whet your appetite? Let's us know you'd like a taste of this topic: ideas@thehotbreakfast.com