What is the community SOUP movement?
Watch the video on this page from AOL to see what SOUP is and share in the experience!
Perth SOUP is a micro-granting dinner celebrating creative projects in Perth, modelled from Detroit SOUP in the USA. For $10 you receive soup, salad, bread, and a vote. You will hear from four presentations ranging from art, urban agriculture, social justice, social entrepreneurs, education, technology, etc., who have four minutes to share their idea and then field four questions from the diners. We eat, connect, share resources, and vote on what project you think should win the money gathered from the night. When the night nears to a close we count the ballots and whoever has the most votes takes home the money from the door.
How much does the dinner cost?
$10 gets you a vote. Once inside you can share in the soup, salad and bread, but 100% of your donation from the goes to the micro-grant.
Do I need to buy a ticket?
Yes! Everyone needs to book their tickets online beforehand. There is a $5 booking fee that goes towards covering our running costs and keeping SOUP alive!
What is the dinner seating arrangement like?
Our dinners happen in an open plan co-working area at the venue. We have some chairs, but a limited amount. Feel free to bring a pillow to sit on or something more comfortable for your booty, most likely you will be standing or on the floor.
Are children allowed at SOUP?
Of course! We hope that we have created a safe environment that children feel like they can listen and participate in. You don’t have to be 18 to vote at Perth SOUP! We hope that children who are in attendance feel like they can voice their opinion. We ask that as long as they can make a decision for themselves than they are more than welcome to cast their ballot.
What is the schedule for the evening?
We open the doors about 6:00 and start hearing proposals at 6:30. The proposals last anywhere between 25-40 minutes. We eat when the proposals are finished and the diners are able to vote on what project would best benefit from the collected money. Around 8:00 voting closes, ballots are counted, we hear from a past project winner’s update and the winner is announced.
What rules do you have for SOUP?
There are only two and they go for the presenters. The first is you can not use technology to present and the second is that the idea presented must benefit Perth. The rest of the dinner is completely public. Anything can happen!
What will I expect to hear from the proposers/grant seekers?
You will hear a presentation no longer than 4 minutes from each grantee. The floor is then opened up to 4 questions from diners.
I have an amazing idea that I think could really benefit from the Perth community, how can I submit my idea?
Click here to go to our Submit page and fill out fill out the submission form.
My idea works really well on power point, do you have the capabilities to be able to use this presentation device?
While technology is helpful in many of our daily lives those involved in SOUP believe you can share your proposal without it. We do make exceptions every once in a while (like showing a movie trailer) but we highly encourage you to leave the laptop at home. You are more than welcome to bring in visuals to enhance your idea.
I want to take photos, video, etc, can I?
Of course! The dinner is public and so you are more than welcome to take photos, write about it for your local paper, video the dinner and put it online, vine, instagram, friendster, myspace, youtube, blog, vimeo, facebook, tweet, tap dance, party page it, etc. I think you get it! If you are looking to participate be our guest!
How many proposals do you accept for each dinner?
We only have time for four proposals per dinner. With more than that it becomes hard to have a constructive dialogue about each proposal as we are eating... and people have short attention spans!
Where do I send my proposal?
You can fill out the submission form here, on our Submit page.
When are the proposals due?
One week before the next SOUP event!
I want to make a soup or a salad, what do I need to do?
Awesome! Thank you so much for thinking about this. There is a roster (and careful planning) so contact us if you want to bring food - don't just show up with it! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know what you want to do. We ask that the soup be vegan or vegetarian so that all can enjoy. We expect that your soup or salad making abilities would be donated. Individuals, restaurants or businesses are welcome to share.
I am a local artist and I would love to share my work, can I?
Please email email@example.com and tell us that you are interested in sharing. We are often looking for local artisans to share their work. Painters, sculptors, designers (interior and graphic), writers, poets, etc. are encouraged to share. We do not have a budget at this time for materials but we could talk about what that means after inquiry.
Can I donate money to Perth SOUP?
You can't donate money directly (yet), but you can donate food, other in-kind support, or donate to the micro-fund by paying extra on the door at the night. We'd love your support!
If you have any other questions you can contact us.