CNY was founded by Ronald Gross, author of Socrates’ Way, The Lifelong Learner, Peak Learning, and other books, and co-chair of the University Seminar on Innovation in Education at Columbia University. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame for Lifelong Learning of the International Association for Adult and Continuing Education in 2014.
CNY‘s vision is to offer more and better conversations on a wide range of meaningful topics, for all New Yorkers, in a variety of public spaces. CNY’s goal is to find, create, and publicize these events, and post them on its website calendar.
CNY also convened the first national conference on The Power of Conversation, held the first Conversation Day in Bryant Park with trans-Atlantic partners, and has been acclaimed by leading experts on urban revitalization, interpersonal relationships, and civic discourse. (See section of Testimonials.)
CNY is staffed exclusively of volunteers, and includes moderators, who create, publicize, and convene their conversations; members who attend these events and actively participate in these conversations; and a multidisciplinary group of advisors who serve as a Steering Committee to guide the organization, and establish its policies and operating procedures.
CNY is a forum for presenting a meaningful variety of conversations, held in convenient, comfortable locations. These programs are intended to be conducted in a congenial, respectful way, with everyone having an opportunity to actively participate, and learn about different viewpoints. It has established policies, which are subject to revision, from time to time, to help meet the above objectives.
Who We Are: CNY is staffed by a voluntary steering committee, all working pro bono – and welcoming new members! We are professionals in marketing, IT, strategy, development, graphic design, small-group facilitation, networking, and editorial. We share a belief that conversation is a necessary and valuable part of our culture. While we embrace technology, we wish to ensure that as communication technology grows exponentially, so too, do our options for face-to-face communication.
To benefit from the best that is being thought and done in the field, CNY is strengthened by an international Advisory Committee of practitioners, thinkers, authors, and scholars in the field (listed below).
CNY partners with other organizations which facilitate conversations, ranging from MeetUp groups in the U.S., to Talk to Me London and others around the world.
STAFF (Affiliations are for identification only – all are members as individuals, not as representatives of their organizations. Staff listed alphabetically.)
Elizabeth Cohn, Ph.D, Director, Center for Health Innovation, Adelphi University, and Robert Wood Johnson Scholar
Jerome I. Charyn, Ph.D., M. B. A. – Senior Advisor for Policy, Regulation & Compliance.
Resources for Moderators:
Herb Klitzner, Social Innovator, Cultural Researcher, Personal Technology Market Forecaster, IT Technical Writer.
Laurence Mailaender works in the technology industry, doing research aimed at improving wireless systems. He has a PhD in Electrical Engineering, and spent 12 years as a researcher in Bell Labs. Currently he develops advanced communication and GPS-geolocation systems for customers in various agencies of the U.S. Government.
Special Needs and Values:
Ken Snyder, Occupational Therapist specializing in Nonviolent Communication, Adult Programs discussion group moderator, and care of people with special needs such as Alzheimer’s
Information Technology and Operations:
Yu-Jen Chang, Manager, Lyhun Realty LLC, https://www.facebook.com/Chang.YuJen1,
James Allen, author, Worldly Wisdom: Great Books and the Meanings of Life and The Romance of Culture and Commerce.
Catherine Blyth, author of The Art of Conversation: A Guided Tour of a Neglected Pleasure.
William Caspary, Prof. of Political Science, Gallatin Division, New York University, author of Dewey on Democracy.
Ronald Gross (chair)
Sondra Myers, Editor, Democracy is a Discussion: Civic Engagement in Old and New Democracies.
Bernard Roy, founder, Café Philo New York.
Keith Sawyer, author of Creating Conversations.