Conversation Rising in NYC

Conversation Rising  IN  NYC 

A city-wide, month-long celebration of the power of good talk,

coordinated by Conversations New York

during October,  2015

“Let’s Talk, New York!” will be the rallying cry as New Yorkers join exciting conversations during October, at over 100 events offered byConversations New York (www.conversationsnewyork.com).

The events will celebrate the publication of Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age, by Sherry Turkle of M.I.T.   Media interviews and reviews of the book will occur throughout the month including the cover of the New York Times Sunday Review on 9/27, a review in the Times Book Review on 10/4, and an interview on NPR’s Weekend Edition on Saturday, 9/27. 

Conversations New York will offer, all free: 

                     100+ conversations conducted throughout the city in cafes, parks, public atriums, and other venues,  curated   and showcased on  the on-line calendar of Conversations New York (www.conversationsnewyork.com),

 A TEDxNY Salon on Fri., Oct. 9th to view and discuss Prof. Turkle’s  acclaimed TED talk “Connected, But Alone?”, at The Olivia, 315 West 33rd St. (two blocks from Penn Station), at 5:00 p.m.

 A Seminar exploring Prof. Turkle’s specific recommendations for Reclaiming Conversation,  on Wed., Oct. 14th, at the Adelphi University Manhattan Center at 75 Varick Street, at 6:15 pm.

 A University Seminar on Reclaiming Conversation with Prof. Turkle, at  Faculty House, Columbia University,  on Tues., Oct. 20, at 7 pm. RSVP to grossassoc@aol.com.

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Conversation-Friendly Restaurants

Conversation-Friendly Restaurants

A Crowd-Sourced Project of Conversations New York

(www.conversationsnewyork.com)

Many New Yorkers are fed up with restaurants where they can’t hear themselves over the din. Critics and patrons have complained in print and on-line. “Too noisy to have a real conversation.” “Tables as close as dominoes – too crowded!” “Rushed service.” “Not hospitable.”

Please help us identify and celebrate restaurants in the Greater New York area whose atmospheres encourage conversation.

They may be inexpensive and self-service, like the Bread and Butter, Panera’s Bread, and other chains throughout the five boroughs which offer large buffets and spacious dining area. Or they may be mid-priced and toney, like Above, a dining room atop the Hilton Times Square hotel, which is uncrowded, and has roomy booths and tables wide apart, with excellent unhurried service. There are also locations where food can be purchased or brought in to café tables. such as Bryant Park and others, and indoor atrias such as Citigroup Center at 53rd Street and Lexington Ave. (A directory of such venues is at http://apops.mas.org/find-a-pops/)

Please submit nominations to Ron Gross at grossassoc@aol.com, with “Conversation-Friendly Restaurants” in the Subject Line. Self-nominations by restaurants are welcome. The criteria are noise level, price-range, crowdedness, hospitability, service, and handicapped accessibility.

The findings will be shared with the city’s restaurant reviewers and with the public, and we will encourage guides such as Yelp to enable filtering by “conversation-friendly” (Zagat already does so.) Honorees will receive a placard for display, the same size and style as the “A”, “B” etc. ones from the Health Department.

 

REVIVING CONVERSATION IN NYC

REVIVING CONVERSATION IN NYC

A city-wide, month-long celebration of the power of talk,
coordinated by Conversations New York
during October, 2015

“Let’s Talk, New York!” will be the rallying cry as New Yorkers join exciting conversations during October, at events offered by Conversations New York (www.conversationsnewyork.com).

The events will celebrate the publication of Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age, by Sherry Turkle of M.I.T.

Conversations New York will offer, all free:

100+ conversations conducted throughout the city in cafes, parks, public atriums, and other venues, curated and showcased on the CNY on-line calendar at the website below.

A TEDxNY Salon on Fri., Oct. 9th to view and discuss Prof. Turkle’s acclaimed TED talk “Connected, But Alone?”, will be held at The Olivia, 315 West 33rd St. (two blocks from Penn Station), at 5:30 pm.

A Seminar on how to have great conversations, on Wed., Oct. 14th, at the Adelphi University Manhattan Center at 75 Varick Street, at 6:15 pm.

A University Seminar on Reclaiming Conversation with Prof. Turkle will be held at Faculty House, Columbia University, on Tues., Oct. 20, at 7 pm.

For further information: http://www.conversationsnewyork.com ; e-mail grossassoc@aol.com.

Share New Ways to Enrich Your Life through Great Conversations – Sep 16

Share New Ways to Enrich Your Life

 through Great Conversations

with Ron Gross

and leaders of CONVERSATIONS NEW YORK

 

Wednesday,  September 16, 2015, 6:15 – 8:30 PM

 

Adelphi University – Manhattan Center

75 Varick Street

Room 260-261 on the Second Floor

PLEASE SEE DIRECTIONS AT END

 

Conversation is our most enjoyable, readily-available, and

powerful way to stimulate our minds, nurture friendships,  and continue to learn and grow.

 

Please join us to preview CONVERSATION MONTH.  We’ll share NEW ways to enrich your life by having  great conversations more often – and to share that experience with our fellow New Yorkers, as we celebrate the publication on Oct. 9th of Reclaiming Conversation by our esteemed colleague from MIT, Prof. Sherry Turkle.  

 

On the agenda:

 

Share what we’ve learned about talking together in ways that encourage fresh thinking and nurture

friendships – including the premiere of the mini-play “Conversation Par Excellence”  starring CNY thespians.

 

What’s your Conversational Style? How to recognize and avoid Conversational Narcissism.

 

Six simple, powerful ways to enhance your conversations for greater enjoyment, creativity, and gratification.

 

How you can you find great conversations in NYC – or create your own!

        

We’ll also preview CNY’s CONVERSATION MONTH (October), which will feature:

 

** a TEDx Salon with  Ron Gross on October 9th,

 

** a Seminar with Professor Turkle  on October 20th at Columbia University, to discuss her book.

** city-wide conversations throughout the month on intriguing and important topics, moderated by outstanding hosts.

 

And of course as always we will honor an outstanding contributor with our prestigious Plato Award (“…and this month’s award goes to….”)

 

75 VARICK is between Watts and Grand Streets, next to the Jackie Robinson Museum.

 

RSVP to grossassoc@aol.com
and to CNY meetup.com
http://www.meetup.com/Conversations-New-York/events/224709758/
Please bring state-issued photo ID required for admittance to building

 

DIRECTIONS Subways: #1 to Canal, or  A, C. or E to Canal, exit next to the building.  J, N, Q, R, W, Z or #6 to Canal, are about 5 blocks southeast at Broadway and Canal. Bus: M20 stops at the front door.

 

COFFEE/FOOD/BEVERAGES/ETC. Excellent take-out food can be purchased at The Mill (www.TheMilltoGo.com), which is part of the same building, and brought to the meeting.

 

QUESTIONS OR SUGGESTIONS: Ron Gross at grossassoc@aol.com