CNY December Calendar Posted!

CNY has decided to switch to using a google calendar to publicize conversations happening in and around NYC. We hope this will be more user friendly, as well as more up-to-date. Please send our tech guru, Yen (, your comments and suggestions on how we can continue to improve!

Follow this link to view the calendar. Click on specific events to see their description, then follow the organizer’s link to RSVP and view the exact location and any special instructions.

CNY’s First Sponsored Event: Happiness!

Please join us for a conversation to share your thoughts, feelings, and experiences on the subject:

· What does happiness mean to you?
· How does it relate to other goals you may have, like success, wealth, fulfillment, fun, or service?
· What are some ways to achieve happiness, that have worked for you?
· Have your feelings about happiness changed in the aftermath of The Storm? (e.g., Rebecca Solnit refers to feelings that are “graver than happiness, but deeply positive.”)

Attendance will be limited to 7-10, to make for an enjoyable and rewarding conversation. The host will be Ron Gross, convenor of Socratic Conversations at Columbia University (

If you’d like to review some interesting thoughts on the topic, we suggest

We’ll gather in a comfortable, quiet nook in one of the casual eateries in Penn Station – you’ll receive the exact location when you…
…RSVP to Ron Gross at

What Did We Learn from The Storm?

As New York continued to struggle with the devastating aftermath of Sandy, participants in the Socratic Conversation conducted by Ron Gross on November 15th struggled with the learnings emerging from the experience.

Photojournalist Diane Cohen  exemplified such learnings: “Finding myself alone in the dark, I began to realize that the independence I had always assumed and treasured, was inadequate.  I had to question it, and came to understand that inter-dependence is essential in ways I had not understood or applied!”   
Rev. Anoek van Praag Inbar contrasted the reactions of Americans with the more experienced and measure responses of Europeans and others who have lived regularly with such calamities.  “We understand that these are dimensions of our lives which we must take account of, personally and collectively,” she noted.
Ken Snyder described how he transformed the experience of deprivation into an illuminating interlude of contemplation. “Usually, I distract myself with media, digital communication, etc.,”he observed.  “Suddenly, with those gone, I found I could focus on what really matters.”    
Ron Gross concluded that “We have learned on several levels:
Ø                 SEEING ourselves and our environment more truly,
Ø                 QUESTIONING things we had not previously examined critically,
Ø                 UNDERSTANDING more deeply who we are and what need, and
Ø                 USING these learnings to prepare better for the future.”
Join us for the next Socratic Conversation, Progress: What Does It Mean to You?,  on Thursday, Dec. 6, 3:45-5 pm,  Second Floor Salon, inspired by the book Future Perfect by Steven Johnson.