1000 Dinners TO

Eat a meal with strangers at 1,000 Dinners TO

Toronto might be obsessed with the drama surrounding municipal politics, but there's room for improvement when it comes to engaging with the core issues that face our city. That's the idea behind a new dinner series that aims to bring together strangers to discuss the future of Toronto. 1,000 Dinners TO hopes to foster discussion about the upcoming mayoral election (and city politics in general) by bringing policy discussion to the dinner table. Whose dinner table? Well, anybody's, as it happens.

Instead of hosting one grand event for big-wigs, the idea is grass roots. Folks across the city are encouraged to nominate themselves to host 10 people for dinner (be it at home or out) and discuss crucial issues facing Toronto. The host then reports back to organizers who will gather the feedback and eventually put some of it to our mayoral candidates. If you can't host a dinner, you can also use the website (complete with a map feature) to attend a dinner.

It's that last part that's so intriguing. Discussing politics is never more engaging than when it's with strangers. While I suspect some hosts will have a few guests in mind, the event is set up to encourage interaction with people whose opinions you've yet to be exposed to. That should make for some interesting conversation.


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