Building a longer table and not a higher wall

Saba Temelso & Dan Stein

Event: Geneva Peace Talks 2017
Location: Palais des Nations, Room XIX
Date: 21/09/2017

Dan Stein from Cuisine Lab began his talk by asking the audience to stand up and introduce themselves to a stranger, arguing that “this is how we build community.” Dan was accompanied by Saba Temelso, a refugee from Eritrea who has been living in Geneva for over 5 years. Together, they described how food and sharing a meal can have the power to bring people together, strengthening diversity and inclusion in a community.

Geneva Peace Talks 2017. Recorded at the Palais des Nations on September 21, 2017.

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Saba Temelso & Dan Stein

Saba Temelso & Dan Stein

Dan is a social do-gooder who often has his fingers in several different pies but focuses his efforts on projects that build community and Saba is a refugee from Eritrea who has been living in Geneva for over 5 years. After organizing a community kitchen in Geneva for several years and contributing to a refugee kitchen project called Options Food Lab in Athens, Dan recently co-founded the Swiss NGO Cuisine Lab and the Refugee Cultural Festival which demonstrate his interest in harnessing creativity and culture, to share and learn from each other. Saba is passionate about cooking and serving others, working as a chef at Cuisine Lab. People who have tried her injera, a bread typical from Eritrea, say it is one of the best they've ever had.