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Phil Kidd (Defend) and "Janko" (Shout) discuss the "Thinkers and Drinkers" concept with Tom Mulready at the Euclid Tavern in Cleveland.
"Thinkers and Drinkers is such a good idea that it is spreading fast. Started by a non-hierarchical group that's been meeting monthly in Youngstown, their meetings have spread around the country to Washington, D.C. and Columbus. The concept is simple: invite a diverse group of 8 people: professors, artists, laborers, and ask each one to bring a guest. After ordering a round of drinks, everyone writes a question on slips of paper, tosses them in a hat, and the discussion begins. Two to three hours later, you might find yourself in the throes of a productive discussion on urban design, economic development, housing code enforcement, or park and green space development. Sometimes the talk gets political and starts to deal with social issues, looking at the problems of the Downtown, or communicating with political leadership and City Hall. But one of the goals of Thinkers and Drinkers is to flatten the hierarchy, inspire leadership and put people in the driver's seat."
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