The KitSon is an independent grassroots Think Tank that seeks to promote the bonding of cultures.
If you have an appetite for argument, then pitch your bicker here, elegantly please, or if you are just curious, then indulge in Les Grands Crus Classés du Médoc and turn an ear.
Here in the relaxed ambiance of The Regina Hotel Paris, and the Mission Permanente Française in Geneva, 'The KitSon' club lives and breathes, our pulse is live and open Debate, freedom of expression is our philosophy and "bonding cultures" our slogan.
Inspired by her work covering the Israel-Palestine conflicts, in 2006 journalist Elisa Kitson created 'The KitSon Club', the unique "bonding cultures" Debate 'Think-Tank' based in Paris. Here the doors of The Regina Hotel open to a who's who of contemporary thinkers. Diplomats, politicians, business executives, scientists, and journalists gather to share their "off the record" views across the dinner table chaperoned by the flavour of fine wines. The "off the record" environment allows for frank and robust dialogue amongst sometimes improbable compatriots but under a humanitarian veil anything can happen, and there is no back door requirement if your political taste is too sour for others to fork.
Here there are no barred ideas, no discriminatory prohibitions; each debate is a victory for uncompromised freedom of speech of a kind unique in contemporary France. It is this buzz that makes 'The KitSon' Club a must attend venue, hence an increasing clamor for the entry sign. With high-quality guest speakers, representing in excess of twenty-five nationalities, our dinner debates have become a rich magnet for journalists, writers, philosophers, business executives, diplomats and politicians who know they can freely debate matters of current concern and interest with their international counterparts. The buzz continues beyond our club as a unique global network of thought and ongoing dialogue spreads a range of topics that both enrich and inform. France 24 journalist Marc Perelman was moved to shovel deeper ground after interviewing Hans Blix and Ali Asghar Soltanieh following their spar over the issue of Iran’s nuclear ambitions. His attention grabbed, he plucked the ticket when the Nuclear specialist conspired a meeting between himself and the President of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, to investigate further on behalf of his viewers. One more success story attributed to 'The KitSon' pulse.
What the future holds: the past six seasons have seen a variety of crops sown, our aim is to expand beyond Anglo-French-Swiss borders and cast seed more widely and at times to venture a wider audience with some "on the record" broadcast-media debates. True thus far members have been genuinely moved to contribute sponsorship on the humble basis of their 'KitSon' experience and the outstanding inspirational verve and passion of Elisa Kitson, our intention to expand will require more concentrated effort, increased staffing and greater financing and for that reason we strive to attract major international sponsors to back our purpose, banner our crusade and join our joy.
Whatever we do though, members remain reassured we will not compromise on 'The KitSon' ethic, the free voice of opinion in the name of "bonding cultures" and promoting peace between hostile peoples.