Monday, October 18, 2010

What is Social Potluck?

Social Potluck is a philosophy more than anything else. It is the belief that the heart of culture, art and society is located at the dinner table. Social Potluck states that:

  • The dinner table (or family/communal eating venue) is the most important performance venue in the world.
  • All people rehearse and perform themselves at the dinner table, in particular by using the universal art form of storytelling.
  • These mealtime performances do more to reinforce identity and communities than any other influence.
  • Through the communal act of eating performances change from the "official" persona we present to the "unofficial" persona we are.
  • By sharing meals and sharing stories with strangers or people from another culture (called "others" in Cultural Studies) boundaries can be dissolved and understandings created.
  • While both food and stories have become commodities the rewards for sharing/trading/barting them is far greater socially than in capital.
  • Everyone has something to bring to the table.


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