The Power of Conversation – Jul 24

Teachers College, 525 W. 120th St., Gottesman Library, Room 104b
and Meetup:

This convening will consist of a Conversation at 4:00 – 5:15,
followed by a meeting of Conversations New York at 5:30 – 7:00.


The Conversation – 4:00 – 5:15

“Look up, look at one another, and let’s start a conversation.” That is the powerful plea
of Prof. Sherry Turkle of MIT, author of the acclaimed Alone Together: Why We Expect More From Technology and Less From Each Other.  She urges us to transcend the digital gadgetry which has impelled us to “sacrifice conversation for mere connection….”

Let’s explore “Our Conversations, Ourselves” – the ways in which talking together can add even more to our joy in living – and strengthen our capacity to achieve common goals, in organizations or in our society.

Among the topics we’ll discuss:

** What’s one of the best conversations you’ve had in the last month?
What made it so good?

**  How satisfied  are  you with your conversations?  Do you
feel that more of them might be more like the BEST ones –
and wondered what makes the difference?

** Are there “design principles” for enhancing our conversations
for greater rapport, creativity, mutual understanding, and delight?

**  What’s your Conversational Style – and what do you feel are
its positive and negative consequences?  (Do such styles
typically differ between men and women, straight and gay,
or between different ethnic groups?)

** What role does conversation play in fostering participation
and engagement in a democratic society?   Is that role fulfilled
today in our communities?

** Where can you easily find enjoyable, illuminating
conversations in New York City – or create your own?

Meeting of CONVERSATIONS NEW YORK, 5:30 – 7:00

This session will share the findings of the Symposium on this topic held on July 10th, and welcome people interested in learning more about CNY’s vision and operations, and possibly joining to help enhance the quality of life in NYC through more and better conversations.