Introducing… corporate freeganism
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!
- Keep your eyes peeled for free events – http://www.talksandlectures.com/ and http://www.freelondonevents.co.uk/ are great places to start
- 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?
- Bring a friend or two – nobody wants to be “that guy hogging the nibbles”
- 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*
- 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.