Events need to be optimised to bring out the best!

Not the worst!


I did a tweet recently that started some discussion. To summarise the issue:

  • Events are currently synonymous with free booze and free animal-products/pizza
  • Booze does not bring out the best in people (mostly targeting interactions here, but to some degree health, ecology, and ethics too)
    The justification of “Booze helps me unwind so I can socialise better” doesn’t apply here, it still uses booze as a vice to help socialisation. As event organisers, and conscience beings in general, we have a responsibility to bring out the best in people, not to optimise for their vices.
    For those which insist on drinking, they can drink together outside the event at a bar or the like. Not everyone wishes to be surrounded by abused vices, nor support it by attending such events. Those who do, wouldn’t mind going to bar or the like outside the event. This is the exact same argument as non-smoking events — not a good habit, deters others, can do elsewhere.
  • Animal-produce/pizza does not bring out the best in people (health), the planet (ecology), or its inhabitants (ethics) — sources
    The justification of “You can bring your own food if you don’t like animal-produce/pizza” doesn’t apply here, the default in this situation still afflicts people’s health, the planet, and the animals. As event organisers, and conscience beings in general, we have a responsibility to bring out the best in people, not to optimise for the harming of others.
    For those which insist on eating animal produce, they can eat it together outside the event at a restaurant or the like. Not everyone wishes to be surrounded by behaviour and activity that is harmful to others (people, planet, animals). Those who do, wouldn’t mind going to a restaurant or the like outside the event. This is the exact same argument as non-smoking events — not a good habit, deters others, can do elsewhere.

For these reasons, why is it, even when we have the responsibility to bring out the best in people (including the planet and its inhabitants), we’re actively optimising events to bring out the worst instead?

  • For convenience?
    Convenience is the #1 reason why people don’t do what’s right in my opinion, it’s easier to do nothing and be on the side of oppression, that to stand up, be inconvenient and do the right thing, our responsibility. People depend on others to also do the right thing, for them to do the right thing too. With events actively doing the right thing as the standard, it becomes a lot easier for people to do it as well. On this note, it is just as easy to place an order over the phone with a vegan catering place than it is to place an order at your pizza place.
  • For price?
    Water is much cheeper than booze, and with that difference can go into vegan catering, to hopefully save a few bucks as well
  • For what else?
    What other justifications, or rather, how much energy do we need to continue to spend brainstorming ways to support doing the wrong thing? Versus spending that exact same energy, putting together a plant for how to do the right thing, and moving on with our lives.

So here’s the proposal, happy to revise if need be:

  • Event organisers, conscience beings, whomever, we all have the responsibility to bring out the best in people, not the worst
  • We need our events to be actively optimised to bring out the best in people, not actively optimised to bring out the worst
  • Booze does not bring out the best in people. Water does bring out the best in people. Events need to be optimised around water.
    If one wants booze they can find it, and drink it, outside the event — just like smoking.
    For those that need help to unwind and to socialize, events should be as facilitating to them as possible. Find out who the shy people are, and introduce them to people, learn about them, etc. Or whatever.
  • Animal produce does not bring out the best in people, the planet, or its inhabitants. Strict-vegetarian/vegan foods do bring out the best in our health, the planet, and its inhabitants — sources. Events need to be optimised around vegan food.
    If one wants animal produce, they can find it, and eat it*, outside the event — just like smoking.
    * Eating it outside should be a loosely enforced rule here, as people gotta eat. I mean it in terms of someone shouldn’t be ordering a bunch of pizzas then bringing them to the event, where there is food that is good for their health, the environment and its inhabitants there already which would otherwise go to waste.

With this proposal followed, as people who have the responsibility to bring out the best in people, the planet and its inhabitants, we now have a proposal (or at least the beginning of a proposal) for events that should do so. Let’s make it happen!


Here’s some pictures of vegan food in Sydney available for catering to make your mouth water, it’s not just grass!

Raw whole foods FTW! No added sugars, etc. It’s actually good for you!
Raw whole foods FTW! Tasty tasty vegan burger mmmm.
Raw whole foods FTW! No added sugars, etc. It’s actually good for you!
Tasty tasty vegan salad! No cheese, except cashew cheese! Mmmm.
Raw whole foods FTW! No added sugars, etc. It’s actually good for you!
Mmmm, smoothie! Instead of going home intoxicated after the event, go home detoxed instead! Source.