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Welcome!

By saying, “Welcome, dinner is served!” you can let someone who has already been let into our country into our society as well. 

 

 

 

 

We believe that integration happens on an individual level & that we all share the responsibility for shaping a world in which we want to live. 

 

About

 

United Invitations is about food, language and social interaction. 

It’s about making memorable meals* and new dinner constellations** happen.                            

*The meal is a dinner, free of charge, and in someone’s home.

The meal takes place with no strings attached, and signing up includes no obligations apart from serving food at the agreed time.                     

**Host and guests participate out of their own free will and with responsibility for themselves.

At least one of the participants should be a person who has moved to this country from a different country. The guest is always welcomed to bring one person along to the dinner. 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Be a Part

United Invitations is a network of trust and local leadership.

 

We are non-governmental, not-for-profit with no ties to any political or religious institutions.

We consist of anyone who chooses to take part –

people who with responsibility for themselves and others,

out of their own free will invite someone to join them for dinner.  

 

As dinner ambassadors,

our job is to use the confidence invested in us to

connect yet unknown friends for dinner.

How to turn strangers into dinner companions

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We are a movement. We are people. 

 

Humans have been sharing meals for thousands and thousands of years,

so it’s not like anyone has a patent on this idea. In most cultures,

if you are newly arrived people will automatically invite you over to their house.

In many other cultures we have completely forgotten about that kind of hospitality

as a gateway to understanding a new society.

 

Anyone can, may and are encouraged to start their own dinner initiatives.

It is the taking action that matters.  

 

The map shows where current pilot projects are taking place.

(A more interactive version *coming soon*.)

This is a phenomena that we grow together.

This idea needs you.

 

 

 

 

Dine

Smile, talk and invite someone on your own. It is a lot easier than you might think.

In the meantime, the map shows where dinner initiatives are taking place and and how to get in touch.

 

There are two categories, the “Starting out” ones who have, er,  just started out and have yet to arrange their first five dinners. This means that things are new and still being figured out. 

“Dinners happening” are the ones who are already up and running. They have already arranged several dinners and are getting better and better at doing what they do.

Do you have a dot we should add? Send an email to columbus ( @ ) unitedinvitations.org

 

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Gimme more

Die Presse - Zu Tisch mit fremden Freunden,  February 1st, 2015. Die Zeit - Wenn du glaubst, es geht nicht mehr, December 23rd, 2014. Le Monde - Devine qui vient diner? October 3rd, 2014.  Zero Hora - Iniciativa de professora sueca une imigrantes e nativos de Estocolmo, August 13th, 2014. Helsingin Sanomat - Kutsuisitko kotiisi maahanmuuttajan syömään?, August 7th, 2014. El Espectador - El Match.com de los inmigrantes en Suecia, Augusti 4th, 2014. The New York Times - Filling stomach to open minds on immigration, July 30th, 2014.  Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Schwedische Integration à la carte, July 14th, 2014. The Local - Teacher gets immigrants and Swedes together with food, June 19th, 2014. Sveriges Radio Radio Schweden – Völkerverständigung geht durch den Magen, 4 juni 2014. Seventy - Have dinner with a stranger!, February 25th, 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ebba Åkerman is happy because you are a part of this. Photo by malarky.se

Ebba Åkerman is happy because you are a part of this. Photo by malarky.se

Say Hello

Smile, talk, invite.

That's how easy it is to invite someone over for dinner.

I started arranging dinners in February of 2014 while working as a substitute teacher in the Swedish for immigrants language program. I had been invited to all kinds of fantastic meals at my students houses and felt that more of my native Swedish friends should take part of this. I saw how difficult it is to learn a new language when you have no one to speak it with and also became aware of how segregated my hometown Stockholm was. If people were just to meet as fellow humans over a home-cooked meal, I thought we might be able to do something about it. In Stockholm there a currently around 10o dinners a month. And this is just the beginning.

Ebba Åkerman is an Optimistkonsult, although currently Minister of Dinners. She actually prefers lunch to dinner, enjoys dancing and likes trees. Ms. Åkerman has a B.A. in Art History from Stockholm University and a M.Sc. in Sustainable Enterprising from Stockholm Resilience Center. 

Say Hello at ebba [ @ ] unitedinvitations.org

 

Building trust is what we need in society. Sharing a meal is food culture at it's finest. And having fun is never a bad idea.