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. In the relaxed ambiance of Hotel Marriott-Champs Elysées in Paris, the Mission Permanente Française in Geneva, and now the Chateau de Pourtalès in Strasbourg, 'The KitSon' lives and breathes. Its pulse is live and open Debate, freedom of expression is its philosophy and "bonding cultures" its credo.         

Mission Permanente Francaise, Nations Unies, Geneva
Mission Permanente Francaise, Nations Unies, Geneva

Inspired by her work covering the Israel-Palestine conflicts, in 2006 journalist Elisa Kitson created 'The KitSon', the unique "bonding cultures" Debate ‘Think-Tank' based in Paris. Here the doors 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.

Hotel Marriott-Champs Elysées, Paris
Hotel Marriott-Champs Elysées, Paris

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 think tank a must-attend venue, hence an increasing clamor for the entry sign. With high-quality guest speakers, representing in excess of thirty nationalities, the 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. Historically the buzz created ripples beyond The KitSon and onto a unique global network of thought, spreading dialogue on a range of topics that both enrich and inform and inevitably constitute change.

 

And so enters KitSon-Strasbourg to introduce a uniquely brave pick of topics to Alsace - "Dernières Nouvelles du Crime" followed by "Irak: que fait on lundi matin?" ....and many more. Please set your diaries for May 13th, 2014 and the inauguration of The latest KitSon where guests will be welcomed at the impressive Chateau de Pourtalès.

Strasbourg - StraSburg: a city violently disputed throughout history yet the birthplace of France and Germany and now seen as a bridge of unity between these two great nations - in modern times extending its hand to all of Europe. Seat of the European Parliament, the Council of Europe, the Court of Human Rights, Strasbourg is a beacon of modern debate.  No wonder, it was the founder of modern journalism, raising eyebrows and setting tongues wagging as the first modern newspaper rolled onto the city's streets.  Join us then on May 13th to celebrate its entry into The KitSon fold.

 

What the future holds:  the past eight seasons have seen a variety of crops sown, our aim to expand beyond the Anglo-French-Swiss Borders and cast seed more widely and at times to venture a wider audience with some "on the record" 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.