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Introducing… corporate freeganism

If you're lucky there won't just be nibbles provided

Indulging in a bit of corporate freeganism can be the perfect start to a night – Image credit: Dinner Series

Freeganism is a broad church. Foraging, ‘dumpster-diving’ and ‘guerrilla gardening’ are some of the more talked about forms of the anti-consumerist movement, but today I take you off the more travelled road. Today I bring you corporate freeganism.

To freegan purists, the very juxtaposition of those two words may induce a cold sweat, but to me – a late to the party freegan, as it were – it’s a match made in heaven.

Let’s be honest – freegans tend to be intelligent folk. And what else do intelligent people like? Free conferences, talks and exhibitions, that’s what.

Earlier this week I went to a talk on the future of the print media – a subject at once intellectually important, anti-monopoly in philosophy and ethically beyond reproach. Oh, and admission was free. Now if that doesn’t go hand in hand with freeganism, I don’t know what does.

As a bonus, the food and drink on offer was top notch, making my debut as a corporate freegan a thoroughly positive one.

One of the purposes of this blog is to get some of you to give freeganism a go, so here’s a list of tips I’ve prepared for becoming a corporate freegan – let’s be honest, it’s one of the more hassle-free ways of getting involved!

  1. Keep your eyes peeled for free events – http://www.talksandlectures.com/ and http://www.freelondonevents.co.uk/ are great places to start
  2. Don’t be put off by events/talks that aren’t on topics you’re familiar with. Sure, you’ll be there for the food, but why not learn a few things about, say, Iranian literature at the same time?
  3. Bring a friend or two – nobody wants to be “that guy hogging the nibbles”
  4. Take a doggy bag – more often than not, there’ll be a lot more food than necessary, and if you stick around until the crowds have dispersed, you’ll generally be more than welcome to syphon off the surplus*
  5. There’s no time like the present!

* Top tip: keep a plastic bottle handy, maybe even a bobble. If the catering staff are as heroic as some I’ve encountered, they’ll top it up with vino.

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