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

CNY Leaders Meeting, Mon., 8 pm, following “If You Were Mayor…”

Please make every effort to join us for this premier session at our new location, as we forge exciting plans for CNY’s summer and fall initiatives (see below). Your energy and counsel will add to our strength!


IF YOU WERE MAYOR… Socratic Conversation with Ron Gross

Monday, May 11, 6:00 – 7:45 pm & Conversations New York (CNY) Team Meeting 8:00 – 9:30 PM

RSVP to GrossAssoc@AOL.com

And

CNY meetup: http://www.meetup.com/Conversations-New-York/events/222426728/ 

NEW LOCATION: Adelphi University’s Manhattan Center 75 Varick Street — Room 260-261 on the Second Floor
(75 Varick is between Watts and Grand Streets)

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.
Note: This Center is state-of-the-art,
and 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.


  • What are your ideas for helping all of us New Yorkers to live together more happily, healthfully, safely, and enjoyably?
  • What bugs you about  the City, that you think could be improved?
  • What do you like about other cities you know, that could make New York better?
  • What changes would you like to see in  our cultural activities, streets, parks, schools and colleges, healthcare, local businesses, housing, environment, law enforcement, rules, regulations, and priorities for spending public funds?

Let’s advance our ideas for improving our city, in the run-up to the international Ideas City Festival at the New Museum and throughout the Bowery on May 28-30 (www.ideas-city.org). “If You Were Mayor…” is a month-long, city-wide array of conversations which will complement the Idea City Festival’s wondrous offerings of ideas from throughout the world, with ideas from New Yorkers themselves.We’re inspired by Mayor DeBlasio’s words:

‘If you give people a chance to offer their ideas,
you’ll find an extraordinary number of New Yorkers who have positive, productive ideas.’”
Suggested Readings (optional): If Mayors Ruled the World, by Benjamin Barber; Happy City by Charles Montgomery; Who’s Your City? by Richard Florida; Urban Acupuncture: Celebrating Pinpricks of Change that Enrich City Life, by Jaime Lerner.

Conversations New York (starts at 8:00 PM)
(www.conversationsnewyork.com)

Our exciting Action Agenda will be  highlighted by:

  • planning for our 2nd Annual CONVERSATION DAY in Bryant Park on Sat., July 18th in collaboration with our trans-Atlantic partner Talk to Me London;
  • launching our Conversation-Friendly Restaurants Project to recognize eateries where we can hear each other talk;
  • considering  a Fall symposium on “Reclaiming Conversation” with Sherry Turkel of MIT;
  • impelling new city-wide/month-long gatherings on provocative topics in June and July;
  • expanding our website and presence on the Internet; and
  • honoring outstanding contributors with our prestigious Plato Awards (“…and this month’s award goes to….”)

 

 

 

 

IF YOU WERE MAYOR… Socratic Conversation with Ron Gross – May 11 (NOTE – NEW LOCATION)

Please join us to celebrate our premier session at our new location!  

IF YOU WERE MAYOR…

Socratic Conversation with Ron Gross

Monday, May 11, 6:00 – 7:45 pm

&

Conversations New York (CNY) Team Meeting

8:00 – 9:30 PM

RSVP to GrossAssoc@AOL.com 

and   http://www.meetup.com/Conversations-New-York/events/222205825/


NEW LOCATION:

Adelphi University’s Manhattan Center

75 Varick Street — Room 260-261 on the Second Floor
(75 Varick is between Watts and Grand Streets)


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.


Note: This Center is state-of-the-art,
and 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.

 

  • What are your ideas for helping all of us New Yorkers to live together more happily, healthfully, safely, and enjoyably?
  • What bugs you about  the City, that you think could be improved?
  • What do you like about other cities you know, that could make New York better?
  • What changes would you like to see in  our cultural activities, streets, parks, schools and colleges, healthcare, local businesses, housing, environment, law enforcement, rules, regulations,  and priorities for spending public funds?

Let’s advance our ideas for improving our city,  in the run-up to the international Ideas City Festival at the New Museum and throughout the Bowery on  May 28-30 (www.ideas-city.org).  “If You  Were Mayor…” is a month-long, city-wide array of conversations which will complement the Idea City Festival’s wondrous offerings of ideas from throughout the world, with ideas from New Yorkers themselves.  We’re inspired by Mayor DeBlasio’s words:


‘If you give people a chance to offer their ideas,

                                     you’ll find an extraordinary number of New Yorkers

                                     who have positive, productive ideas.’”


Suggested Readings (optional):  If Mayors Ruled the World, by Benjamin Barber; Happy City by Charles Montgomery;Who’s Your City?  by Richard Florida; Urban Acupuncture: Celebrating Pinpricks of Change that Enrich City Life, by Jaime Lerner.

Conversations New York  (starts at 8:00 PM)

(www.conversationsnewyork.com)


Our exciting Action Agenda will be  highlighted by:

  • planning for our 2nd Annual CONVERSATION DAY in Bryant Park on Sat., July 18thin collaboration with our trans-Atlantic partner Talk to Me London;
  • launching our Conversation-Friendly Restaurants Project to recognize eateries where we can hear each other talk;
  • considering  a Fall symposium on “Reclaiming Conversation” with Sherry Turkel of MIT;
  • impelling new city-wide/month-long gatherings on provocative topics in June and July;
  • expanding our website and presence on the Internet; and
  • honoring outstanding contributors with our prestigious Plato Awards (“…and this month’s award goes to….”)

You are warmly invited to two events at Columbia University – Mar 2 and Mar 5

You are warmly invited to two events at Columbia University:

WISDOM: WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO BECOME WISER?

Founding Director

Speaker: URSULA STAUDINGER, Ph.D.

Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center

Robert N. Butler Professor, Mailman School of Public Health

Monday, March 2, 2015, 7-9 PM

Gottesman Libraries, Teachers College

525 West 120th Street, Room 305, Russell Hall

RSVP to grossassoc@aol.com and to CNY Meetup http://www.meetup.com/Conversations-New-York/events/220860597/

Please bring a photo ID for admittance to the building.

Ursula M. Staudinger is one of the pioneers in the empirical study of Wisdom, starting with work on the Berlin Wisdom Project at the Max Planck Institute in the 1980s.

 

 

WISDOM: What Does It Take to Become Wiser?

Socratic Conversation with Ron Gross

Thursday, March 5, 4:00-5:15 pm

Teachers College, Columbia University

Gottesman Library, Room 305 Russell

(Starbucks Coffee etc. available for purchase on your way to the Meeting Room if you wish.)

525 West 120th St.

Including Book Display

RSVP to grossassoc@aol.com and RSVP to CNY Meetup http://www.meetup.com/Conversations-New-York/events/220625509/

Please bring photo ID required for entrance to building.

Continuing our season theme of WISDOM, this session will extend our inquiries into the practical steps each of us can take to become wiser – informed by the presentation on this subject by Prof. Ursula Staudinger earlier in the week, on Monday, March 2, 7:00 pm.  What does it take to make wiser decisions in our personal and family relationships, our learning and professional lives, and our health and well-being?

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

THE JOYS AND POWER OF CONVERSATION:

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 grossassoc@aol.com 

and to CNY Meetup http://www.meetup.com/Conversations-New-York/events/220292106/  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.

CNY CELEBRATION-Meeting – Thu, Jan 29, 5:30pm

Please join us as we suit-up for our exciting Winter/Spring season!   We’ll finalize plans for our month-long festival of conversations about LOVE throughout the city during February,  begin plotting our second annual CONVERSATION DAY outing in Bryant Park (again in collaboration with our London partners), and share savvy tips and take-aways including the world’s best pocket-conversation-organizing tool.  

I look forward very keenly to working with you next Thursday!  Please RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/Conversations-New-York/events/219657328/ 

RON

GrossAssoc@aol.com  

CNY joins Meetup in lauching #MeetupMonday: CONVERSATIONS TO BUILD COMMUNITY TOGETHER

You are warmly invited to participate in the #MeetupMonday program to be launched on Monday, January 19th, by Meetup and partners like us.   For full information:  http://blog.meetup.com/meetupmondayguide/
For a full listing of meetups:  https://secure.meetup.com/monday/
For CNY’s #MeetupMonday meetup: http://www.meetup.com/NewYork-NY-MeetupMonday/events/219887516/
On Meetup.com’s #MeetupMonday cover photo, note our Conversations New York (CNY) regulars Bill C. Stephen S., and Tim C. at John L.’s “How do we know what we know?” conversation. http://www.meetup.com/Conversations-New-York/events/219414124/
Next CNY meeting: Thursday, January 29th, 5:30 pm, Columbia University. For details, please visit “Conversations New York” at http://www.meetup.com/Conversations-New-York/events/219657328/
Ron Gross — For the CNY Team
ConversationsNewYork@gmail.com

Let’s Talk, New York! A Sampling of Outstanding Conversations this month

Great Conversation is alive and well in NY.   Here’s a sampling from our  calendar of over 60 curated events offered by Conversations New York ( https://conversationsnewyork.com/calendar-of-conversations/ and http://www.meetup.com/Conversations-New-York/ ):

* Discuss outstanding books ranging from Lolita (1/15) to Dead Souls (1/14), to The Count of Monte Cristo (1/11).

* Celebrate MLK Day at BAM, and discuss the event afterwards with friends (1/19).

* Share your ideas and feelings about Love in a Socratic Conversation at Columbia University, as warm-up for Valentine’s Day (1/29).

* Meet interesting new people at brunch at the New York Ethical Society (1/18).

* Enjoy a Café Philo – the Parisian way of philosophical conversation (1/22).

* Experience the  Death Café, a popular approach to living more fully by confronting the reality of death (1/21).

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LOVE! What Does It Mean to YOU? – Jan 29

LOVE! What Does It Mean to YOU?
Socratic Conversation with Ron Gross

January 29th, 4:00 – 5:15 PM

Teachers College, Columbia University,

525 W. 120th St., bet. Bdwy and Amsterdam (#1 train to 116th St.). 


RSVP to grossassoc@aol.com, and CNY Meetup

 Please bring a photo ID. Required for entry to building.

 

Not so sure? (That’s what Socrates would say.) Then maybe it’s time to think more deeply – together!

You’re not alone. “What is Love?” was the most-asked question on Google in 2014.

With Valentine’s Day coming up, let’s take a critical and creative look at our ideas about romance, commitment, relationships, and GULP marriage. The Hallmark holiday hoopla may be bogus — but the issues it exploits are life-shaping for each of us.

Come share your experiences and insights:

  • What does Love mean, to you?
  • How do you relate Love, Sexuality, and Romance?
  • Is Love different for men and for women (and for those who identify their
  • gender/sexuality in other ways)?
  • Is Love “natural” – or “socially-constructed”?
  • song from Fiddler on the Roof, “Do You Love Me?”)
  • Does the meaning of Love change with our life-circumstances such as age, cultural
  • heritage, profession, or family situation?
  • What have you learned about Loving wisely and well?
  • What role does Love play in teaching and learning? (e.g., fostering “love of learning”)

 

This Conversation will be informed by the presentation and discussion at the University Seminar on Emotional Intelligence with Professor Marc Brackett of Yale University, at the Library on Monday, January 26th, at 7 pm.

Want to enrich your own thinking with some powerful ideas, data, and experiences? Here’s a sampling of the enlightening readings on LOVE, starting with the portrayal of an exhilarating drinking party of Socrates and his friends discussing this question.

  • The Symposium, Plato
  • On Love, Jose Ortega y Gasset
  • Love 2.0, Barbara Fredrickson
  • About Love, Robert Solomon
  • Philosophies of Love, David L. Norton and Mary F. Kille
  • Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Why We Love, Helen Fisher
  • The Art of Loving, Erich Fromm
  • The Second Sex, Simone de Beauvoir
  • I and Thou, Martin Buber

CNY Committee Meeting – Dec 19

CNY  Committee Meeting, Fri., Dec. 19th,  5:00, followed by gala Social Event nearby

MEET YOUR FELLOW CNY LEADERS!  CELEBRATE OUR 2014 ACCOMPLISHMENTS!  PLAN OUR  2015 INITIATIVES!   Youwill receive CNY‘s latest tips and tools to make Conversations exhilarating!   Your energy, imagination, and involvement are needed.  Where: Empire Szechuan Village,
173 7th Ave S
New York, NY 10014
(between Perry St & S 7 Ave)
Phone: (212) 243-6046Who: Volunteer leaders of CNY — moderators, volunteers, advisors, contributors

When: Fri., Dec. 19, 5:00 – 6:45

RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/Conversations-New-York/events/219196949/

Agenda:

  1. Celebrate CNY‘s year of accomplishments
  2. Update on November conversations
  3. Recent Public Policy Conversation in partnership with the Interactivity Foundation (D.C.)
  4. Briefing on upcoming initiatives for 2015 including Conversation Day and others.
  5. Commitments to moderate, volunteer, contribute to the calendar, team up to implement projects, etc.
After this  celebration/work session, we’ll adjourn to join the gala event below at the nearby 49 Grove Club,  to contribute our distinctive CNY energy to this high-octane event!

Winter Solstice Party 2014

  • Friday, December 19, 2014

  • 49 Grove

    49 Grove St (btw Christopher St and 7th Ave), New York, NY(map)
  • Annual RNY Winter Solstice Party!
  • Join us for the Winter Solstice on Friday, Dec 19 at the upscale 49 Grove in the West Village.
    This annual event is hosted by Reasonable New York, a consortium of free-thinking, philosophical, and secular social clubs based in NYC and surrounding areas.
    Expect 100+ free-thinkers of all ages for an evening of food, drink, dancing, and socializing.
    Admission is free.
    Join us on the 19th and make new friends and connections with other inquisitive New Yorkers – this is an annual event not to be missed!

    $14 Specialty Cocktails for $7!
    $5 Beers
     Tapas Menu & Full Drink Bar Available – Please Tip Generously!
    HOSTING GROUPS
    Center for Inquiry – New York City
    Center for Inquiry – Long Island
    Dinner & Philosophy Now
    Ethical Humanist Society of L.I.
    Feminist Freethinkers of New York
    Gotham Atheists
    Humanist Society of Metro New York
    New York City Brights
    New York City Skeptics
    New York Philosophy
    New York Society for Ethical Culture
    Secular Coalition of New York
    Secular Humanist Society of New York

    Hope You Can Join Us!