“Now more than ever we need to celebrate our common humanity,

by coming together to build bridges and

unite against the voices which seek to divide us”

Kalpna Woolf 2018

The dominant story of our times and the biggest threat to global peace is the persistent focus on our differences: from terror, negative rhetoric, intolerance and a deluge of confused information. And yet, in cities and communities across the UK, we are faced with the challenge of bringing our diverse communities together.

Our story

We are a dynamic, social enterprise known as 91 Ways to Build a Global City, which was named after the 91 languages spoken in Bristol. Since 2015 we’ve collected recipes and food stories from many of Bristol’s language communities and helped to bring together groups who have never come into contact with one another before –bringing together over 12,000 people, speaking 40 languages, at  over 152 events in schools, universities, places of worship, with community organisations and even on boats.

Since our first launch event, 91 Ways has kept growing and spawned all sorts of follow ups: centrepiece mass meals at food festivals, local community events across the city and a roving pop up International Peace Café.

All of this has not only brought together diverse communities across the city and showcased a myriad of world food cultures, but it has also provided an opportunity for a group of refugee women in Bristol – from Syria, Somalia, Sudan and Eritrea – to become part of the wider community, show off their local food cultures and develop skills to help them pursue fledgling catering careers.

Where next?

We want to go deep into our communities both locally and nationally. Reaching into areas where people feel isolated, fearful and forgotten. We plan to visit all these communities and to hold inter-community events so people can meet people from their community and from other parts of Bristol.Our focus will be Avonmouth, Southmead, Lockleaze, Hartcliffe, Stockwood, Knowle West and Barton Hill.

Our activities will encourage people to make genuine connections with their neighbours from other cultures by using the uniting power of food, to cross these divides and talk about our traditions and heritage.

Our events will feature food which is representative of that community and this acts as a starting point to talk, share personal stories, memories and cultural understandings throughout the event. These conversations lead to long-lasting connections and friendships. We will feature people’s recipes and memories on our website and share them with their community and others so that they can celebrate their diversity.

Bristol can be a beacon for peace

We are also looking to expand our activities into other cities across the UK; in 2018 we have used our projects in Bristol as template to trial similar style community projects in Nottingham, Belfast and South Gloucester and the results of these have been very encouraging.

If you would like to create a similar events in your city we have created  a 91 Ways “manual” to help you get started, and we are always available to provide advice and support. Contact us to get a free copy of the manual.

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91 Ways to Build a Global City
91 Ways to Build a Global City1 week ago
Don't miss out ! Final few tickets available for our next event, which is an exclusive evening of discussion and cookery demonstrations with the talented Zaleha Olpin; cookery writer, 2018 Masterchef contestant and a key member of the team that run the wonderful Malaysian Kitchen Supper club. This will be an intimate event and will give everyone a chance to ask Zaleha questions and see her work up close and an opportunity for you to get hands-on too ! This event is limited to just 20 tickets so don't miss out ! Tickets are available https://www.fundsurfer.com/crowdfund/91-ways-our-expansion-continues-in-2019
91 Ways to Build a Global City
91 Ways to Build a Global City2 weeks ago
Limited Tickets ! Early bird now available!! Our next event is an exclusive evening of discussion and cookery demonstrations with the talented Zaleha Olpin; cookery writer, 2018 Masterchef contestant and a key member of the team that run the wonderful Malaysian Kitchen Supper club. This will be an intimate event and will give everyone a chance to ask Zaleha questions and see her work up close and an opportunity for you to get hands-on too ! This event is limited to just 20 tickets so don't miss out ! Tickets are available https://www.fundsurfer.com/crowdfund/91-ways-our-expansion-continues-in-2019
91 Ways to Build a Global City
91 Ways to Build a Global City2 weeks ago
Would you like to join the 91 Ways team?

We would like to expand the team at 91 Ways, with the
addition of two part-time, freelance staff.

These positions are around 40 hours per month, and the pay rate is £10 per hour. Both roles can be done from home, with occasional team meetings in central Bristol, and the hours are flexible to fit around your week.

Team Administrator
This role supports the work of the team; managing emails, social media posts, the database of subscribers, website management and general support around events.
•For this role good admin & IT skills are essential.
•Experience in using Google docs/Gdrive, mailchimp, hootsuite, facebook/ instagram and managing wordpress websites are important for this role.
•To apply please email us info@91ways.org

Development Officer
One of our key aims for 2019 is to spread the word about 91 Ways across the UK. In 2018 we held some successful pilot schemes in Nottingham, Belfast and Gloucester and we created a "manual" on how to replicate the activities of 91 Ways in other cities.
•We would like someone to join the team in September 2019 ,for approx 12 months, to help spread the word about 91 Ways across the UK.
•Reaching out to community groups and like-minded individuals who can appreciate the value of creating a similar organisation in their city.
•A passion for 91 Ways, and the work that we do, is essential for this role; combined with strong communication skills, IT literacy and a self-starting approach.
•The role is based in Bristol but we envisage you might be travelling across the UK to help new groups start-up.
•If you would like to have a chat about this role please email info@91ways.org
91 Ways to Build a Global City
91 Ways to Build a Global City1 month ago
At 91 Ways we have a super-talented team of Community Ambassadors that support the work that we do. We would like to introduce you to our Ambassadors; this week it's the turn of the gorgeous Rachel ( Rae) Scott. @foodnerdforlife Click on the link below to meet Rachel.
http://91ways.org/meet-our-community-ambassador-rachel-scott/
91 Ways to Build a Global City
91 Ways to Build a Global City1 month ago
Friday Foodie ! The talented Thai cook Gena Goss @genagoss has shared this yummy Satay Noodle Salad recipe with us; perfect for a sunny weekend! Enjoy!
Gena says “It’s a super crunchy and refreshing salad from the mint and plenty of veggies, all topped off with a with a creamy satay dressing…YUM! You can use any vegetable you like, I used what I had in the fridge...As satay dressing is already rich and creamy, I preferred rice noodles over egg noodles or soba to keep the dish light”
Thank you, Gena for sharing this yummy recipe! We can’t wait to try it!

Satay Noodle salad
Serve 2-3

DRESSING
2 tbsps peanut butter
2 tbsp fish sauce
2 tsp brown sugar
3 tbsp lime juice
6 tbsp coconut milk
2 tbsps dried ground chilli

SALAD
200g rice noodles, soaked (according to packet instructions, I soaked mine in boiled water for 10 mins but depending on the type of noodle you’re using)
1 cup cabbage , shredded
1/2 cup radish, fine shredded
A small bunch of fresh mints, thinly sliced
1 large red chilli pepper (optional) •

GARNISH
Sprinkle with some peanuts, crispy onions and lime wedges •

MAKE : Mix dressing ingredients in a bowl until smooth. : Toss noodles and remaining ingredients with dressing, then serve at room temperature.
91 Ways to Build a Global City
91 Ways to Build a Global City1 month ago
Are you ready for the weekend? Have you got your party shoes on? This weekend is the St. Pauls Carnival, representing the best of African Caribbean culture, as well as the diversity, creativity and vibrancy of Bristol. Support the carnival and Keep Bringing Bristol Together.
St Pauls Carnival https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/stpaulscarnival
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