Conversation Dinner

A Conversation Dinner  - coming together for human rights

The Equality and Human Rights Commission is delighted to invite you to the biggest conversation on human rights Wales has ever seen. The Commission will be hosting a Conversation Dinner for over 200 people in Cardiff on Thursday 19 March 2009.

Theodore Zeldin, President of The Oxford Muse, will give an introductory talk outlining what guests can expect from the evening. Theodore came up with the concept of a Conversation Dinner in an effort to encourage people to talk more deeply about everyday issues.

For this event, a ‘Menu of Conversation’ will provide guests with a range of topics that encourage reflection on human rights. Guests will be seated with someone they are meeting for the first time. The hope is, by the end of the evening, participants will have learnt something new from each other. Self-revelation is the foundation on which mutual trust is built, says Theodore.

Conversation Dinners have been used throughout the world, from China to Rwanda. They have proved hugely successful in bringing together people of all ages and from all walks of life to share their thoughts and opinions on the world around us.


What people have said about Conversation Dinners

 “Absolutely wonderful! I do not remember when was the last time I had this kind of conversation with anyone”, “I'm amazed at the frankness with which people were saying things to each other within minutes”, “Thoroughly enjoyable”, “One of the most stimulating conversations I have had in a long time”, “I feel restored and somehow excited”, “Fantastic”, “Thought provoking and inspiring”, “I felt a bit shy about how this might go. It was actually very easy to relax”.


Booking a place:

We would like to encourage as many different people as possible to come to this event. If you would like to book a place, please contact Clare Bosley at the Equality and Human Rights Commission in Wales on 029 20447767 or by emailing;

Places are limited, and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, so if you would like to attend, please book by Friday 20 February. Further details and travel directions will be sent to you on confirmation of your booking.

A hot buffet and refreshments will be served. This event is free of charge.

The Commission is hosting this event in partnership with the Welsh Assembly Government's Public Service Management Wales, which supports and helps deliver the skills required by managers and leaders across the Welsh public service to work collaboratively, across traditional boundaries. PSMW provides a range of opportunities to develop people, organisations and systems - ultimately to contribute to creating better and more joined up public services for the citizens of Wales.


The Oxford Muse is a Foundation to improve professional, personal and inter-cultural relations.  It organises conversations and courses, makes written and video portraits and designs projects to make work less boring and frustrating. Initiatives include bringing together people who seldom talk to each other in government departments, business organisations, local communities etc., and developing new forms of collaboration in business and public service.

Theodore Zeldin is an Emeritus Fellow and former Dean of St Antony’s College Oxford, an Associate Fellow of the Oxford Said Business School and Honorary Professor, HEC Paris.   His books have been translated into 24 languages and include An Intimate History of Humanity and Conversation (based on lectures broadcast on BBC Radio 4).  A former member of the BBC Brains Trust, he has advised many top decision makers.

Last Updated: 19 Jun 2009