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Dine-out at Veggie Grill and Nick Cooney talk

We're trying something new - a Northwest VEG dine-out with a great speaker included.  Nick Cooney, the author of Change of Heart, and currently the manager of Farm Sanctuary's Compassionate Communities program, is in town, and will join us at Veggie Grill downtown for dinner and a talk.  Nick's book Change of Heart is all about what psychology can tell us about spreading social change, an he will be using that information as the basis of his talk to us: Effective Animal Advocacy 101.  It should be a fascinating talk, and Veggie Grill has great all-vegan food.  Come join us Wednesday Sept. 26.  This is a joint event held in conjunction with Farm Sanctuary and Portland Animal Welfare Advocates.


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  • A former member
    A former member

    I admit I waffled at the last minute whether or not to go, but I'm glad I did. Nick is a great speaker; he's efficient and organized, and he kept my interest the entire time. He spoke for about 40 minutes and then took a few questions, and he succintly laid out why and how we can all be effective animal-rights advocates to others, whether that be one person or a hundred people.

    September 27, 2012

  • Karen B.

    Great speech, surprizing good locale for the # of people

    September 26, 2012

  • Jessika

    I've RSVPed but I'll be a few minutes late. I have class at PSU until 6:30, but I'll be there immediately after!

    September 26, 2012

  • Markus

    I just realized that I'm signed up for both meetups tomorrow night, which are both at Veggie Grill at 6:30. Will everyone from both groups eat dinner together, then split-up for different talks? Or will both groups be completely separate? Should I choose one event and cancel the other RSVP? I might be messing up the headcount! *smile*

    September 25, 2012

    • Christopher

      I think there are four Meetup groups that have announced this event: Viva La Vegan, Viva La Vegan via NW Veg, Portland Metro Veggies, and Portland Animal Welfare Advocates. They're all for the same talk with Nick Cooney. As of this reply, there are "103 attendees" through all four groups, but some are overlaps. Despite that, we may need a larger venue.

      September 25, 2012

    • Peter S.

      It is going to be a bit crowded, but I'm told Veggie Grill can hold 120, and Nick can position himself on the ramp between the lower and upper area so everyone can see/hear him. If you want to see Nick in less crowded circumstances, he is talking at the Northwest VEG potluck in Vancouver the following day. See­ for more details.

      September 25, 2012

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