Come to dinner with us and be inspired by amazing life stories

Come to Crossing Borders Food For Thought (Former Spisdating) Life Stories 2018 with exciting personalities whose stories are uniquely amazing and uplifting.

Food For Thought provides an exciting space for people from different backgrounds to share their life stories. We want to enable people to learn from and be inspired by each other’s life experiences through storytelling in a safe, stimulating and inclusive social environment.

The idea stems from the belief that each one of us has unique life stories that are worth sharing and from which we can learn a lot. The idea also resonates with the saying: I tell my story, therefore, I am.

Food For Thought enables refugee and migrant chefs in Denmark to share their knowledge and stories with other like-minded community members, including both locals and internationals. This is done by making food that is representative of their culture, eating together, listening to a story, and telling stories to each other in a nonformal setting.

It also goes without saying that Food For Thought has witnessed positive developments in many ways. The name Spisdating has been changed to Food For Thought. Whereas in 2017, Food For Thought had two events, this year the number of events has increased to 20 both in terms of the number of participants and the diversity of cultural and professional backgrounds. Considering that the average number of attendees of each event is about 25, the total number of beneficiaries is about 500 persons. Thanks to strategic location in the Ubuntu House, Food For Thought is attracting more guests. Like the participants, the speakers of Food For Thought, come from wide-ranging backgrounds from Canada, Congo, Denmark, Ghana, Kurdistan, Trinidad, US, Iran, Syria/Finland, Mexico, the Philippines, and USA.

This flagship is more necessary now than ever before, as many European communities are struggling with integrating and facilitating the newcomers to their societies in recent years. They are struggling to help those newly arrived migrants and refugees to settle and feel safe and comfortable in their respective societies. These processes are ongoing and are reflective of a steep uphill climb as negative social and political narratives remain dominant in mainstream media. Therefore, it is up to us – civil society and engaged citizens to challenge these narratives by bringing people together rather than standing idly by and letting them be separated. Through Food For Thought, Danes and internationals alike have the chance to meet migrants and refugees at eye level and learn about their cultures and backgrounds, thereby challenging stereotypes and refuting what is often presented in the media.

The speakers of 2018: