Joys and Power of Conversation: CNY monthly meeting – Feb 16


How to Enjoy & Benefit from Talking Together

Socratic Conversation with Ron Gross and CNY Conversational Activists


Monday, February 16, 2015

6:00 PM to 9:00 PM


Bread & Butter

419 Park Avenue South, (Corner of 29th St and Park Ave), New York, NY (edit map)


Strictly limited seating.  Please RSVP to Ron Gross at 

and to CNY Meetup  THANKS.


6:00 – 6:30 – Meet-and-Greet and Socializing.
6:30 sharp – 7:30 – Participatory Conversation on “The Joy and Power of Conversation”
7:30 – 7:45 – Break
7:45 – 8:30 — CNY Planning and Team-Building Monthly “Huddle”
8:30 – 9:00 — Skill-Sharing


Talking together in new ways can fill our lives with greater enjoyment, friendship, and learning. Please come to share YOUR experiences and insights – and join our thriving campaign to transform NYC through more and better conversations!


“Conversation is free – but it’s invaluable,” says Ron Gross, founder of Conversations New Yorkwhich last year held the first Conversation Day on 42nd Street, with partners in London, Paris, and Tokyo


Great talk deepens our humanity – and strengthens our communities. Gathering in a circle to make meaning, has empowered our species in every era and culture. We have never needed it more than today!


At this participatory event, you’ll learn how you can join the movement to turn away from our devices and towards each other – for delight, understanding, and social progress.


Ron Gross, founder of CNY, chairs the University Seminar on Innovation at Columbia University. His internationally best-selling books include The Lifelong Learner, Socrates’ WayPeak LearningIndividualism, and The New Professionals.

LOVE! Conversations Throughout NYC in February

LOVE! Conversations Throughout NYC in February

LOVE is the subject of conversations throughout NYC during the month of February, leading up to Valentine’s Day on Saturday the 14th and continuing throughout February, in a project sponsored by Conversations New York (CNY) and listed on its calendar at

Lively-minded New Yorkers are gathering to share their ideas, experiences, and feelings,” says Ron Gross, founder of CNY, who conducts Socratic Conversations at Columbia University. “They are going deeper than the Hallmark hoopla and heart-shaped boxes of candy!”

Throughout the month, individuals, organizations and institutions are exploring the subject from diverse perspectives, ranging from the personal to the political, from the literary to the scientific.

Why not host one yourself – with whomever you like, wherever and whenever you like — to explore LOVE from your perspective. It’s a great way to nurture rapport and understanding!

Many of the Conversations are listed on the CNY calendar– including ones at the C.G. Jung Center on 2/3, at the NY Society for Ethical Culture on 2/4, at the Royalton Hotel on 2/7, at Panera Bread in Queens on 2/2, 2/9, and 2/11, at Senior Planet on 2/11, at Café Philo on 2/19, etc. On Valentine’s Day itself, Love will be discussed in the Times Square area amidst the hundreds of couples who will be there popping the question, getting married, or renewing their vows. Discussions of the CUNY TV series Love is being conducted at Whole Foods on Greenwich Street. Concluding the month’s events will be conversations on February 28th at the LGBT Expo at the Jacob Javitz Convention Center.

Conversations are taking place in a myriad of public venues, ranging from welcoming cafes and restaurants, to the atriums of business buildings like CitiGroup, IBM, and SONY.

Among the topics being discussed at these conversations are:

What does love mean, to you?

Is love different for men and for women, for gay and straight folks, and for others?

Does the meaning of love change as we get older?

What have you learned about loving wisely and well?

What the relationship between love and sexuality?

Is love “natural” – or is it “socially-constructed”?

How is love effected by its political, social, and economic environment?

Conversations New York ( is a community of volunteers which has promoted more and better conversations among New Yorkers by such activities as Conversation Day in Bryant Park last summer, and a national symposium on The Power of Conversation at Columbia University.