I have to credit the lovely Manpreet Bains and Miriam Fine-Goulden for the idea that Melting Pot Lunches could be more than just putting on events ourself.
That conversation in the Skipton House atrium back in July hatched an idea that we could try and codify a concept which others, in fact anyone, could use to host their own lunch. A bit like TedX, but without all the tiresome gubbins about branding etc.
Since then, it's been great having conversations with a few folk about trying to replicate, a task taken up by UCL Partners, and also interested Ockham Healthcare, run by the superb Ben Gowland. Ben sent me a long-list of questions which I promised to answer via a blog. So here we go. If any of this sparks further questions, just use the comments facility and I'll reply.
Writing this reflecting on Melting Pots #3 and #4. A few updates to the original recipe:
Richard, 7th Oct
So what's all this then? We host Melting Pot Lunches according to a template we've worked up on the back of 90 survey responses and two pilots.
Such testing has been incredibly helpful - organising a lunch where people eat food and talk to each other doesn't sound too tricky, but it does appear there's a knack to it.
Below is the first draft of our template, shared so that you can help us develop it (please please use the comments function below), but also so that if you would like to run a melting pot lunch yourself, please do. We're making the our intellectual property open source under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License - you're welcome to nick it, play with it, try different things out (just remember to attribute us).
But do give us your comments!
The 12 steps