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

SHARING OUR SPIRITUALITY: Conversations Throughout NYC in April

SHARING OUR SPIRITUALITY:

Conversations Throughout NYC in April

 

SPIRITUALITY will be the subject of conversations throughout New York City

during the month of April, as many of us observe Easter and Passover, in a

project sponsored by Conversations New York (CNY) and listed on its calendar at

http://www.conversationsnewyork.com and Meetup.com http://www.meetup.com/Conversations-New-York/ .

 

“Lively-minded New Yorkers will gather to share their ideas, experiences, and feelings

about this compellinig subject,” says Ron Gross, founder of CNY, who conducts Socratic

Conversations at Columbia University. “Spirituality is one of the most powerful forces in

our lives. Some people contend that it’s too hot a topic for conversation. But we believe

that thinking about it together, in a spirit of mutual respect, can help us understand

ourselves and each other more deeply.”

 

Throughout the month, individuals, organizations and institutions will explore the subject

from diverse perspectives, ranging from the personal to the political, from the literary to the

scientific.

 

Why not host such a conversation yourself – with whomever you like, wherever and

whenever you like — to explore SPIRITUALITY from your perspective. It’s a great way to

nurture rapport and understanding!

Among the topics to be discussed at these conversations will be:

What does spirituality mean, to you?

How do you appraise the impact of Spirituality on our society and culture?

Do you feel that religious convictions bring us together or pull us apart?

How have your spiritual principles and practices changed in the course of your life?

Could religious and spiritual leaders and institutions do more to build a better world?

 

Offerings will be listed on the CNY calendar at http://www.conversationsnewyork.com. They

will take place in a myriad of public venues, ranging from the Jung Society, the New York

Society for Ethical Culture, and Columbia University, as well as at warmly welcoming cafes

and restaurants, to the atriums of business buildings like CitiGroup, IBM, and SONY.

 

Suggested Basic Reading: An excellent article on Spirituality on Wikipedia includes

definitions, historical development, major traditions, contemporary schools, scientific

responses, and further readings.

 

Conversations New York (www.conversationsnewyork.com) is a community of

volunteers devoted to enhancing the quality of life in NYC by promoting more and better

conversations. CNY’s projects have included the first national conference on THE

POWER OF CONVERSATION at Columbia University, the first CONVERSATION DAY

in Bryant Park, and promoting 1,000 conversation per year on its on-line calendar.

CREATIVE AGING: New Ways to Thrive and Contribute Throughout Our Ever-Longer Life-Spans – May 30

CREATIVE AGING:
New Ways to Thrive and Contribute
Throughout Our Ever-Longer Life-Spans

Thurs., May 30, 3:45 sharp — 5:15 pm sharp
Gottesman Library, Teachers College, 525 West 120th St.

RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/Conversations-New-York/events/121003972/

Socrates himself reached the peak of his powers at the age of 70 (not an easy feat in those days) – and he would have continued growing, learning, and ‘kicking butt’ if he hadn’t been sentenced to death by hemlock!

  1. Do you have concerns about the future well-being of the elders in your life – your parents or grandparents? Are we victims of “Ageism” — stereotyping people on the basis of their age?
  2. Are you now or do you anticipate sharing responsibility for an elders’ quality-of-life?
  3. Are you aware that your own eventual “successful aging” will depend importantly on some things you do now? (“If I’d known I was going to live so long, I would have taken better care of myself.”)

At this Conversation we will share our experiences with aging and with those elders who have touched our lives.

Please come to share your experiences and reflections:

What does Aging mean to you?

Do you feel that there are stereotypes, prejudices, and social practices that harm older adults (“Ageism”)?

What are your concerns for and about the elders in your life?

What do you hope will characterize your own later years, in terms of life-style, activities, opportunities, and supports?

Light refreshments will be available. There will be a display of relevant publications.

Suggested optional reading:

The Third Chapter, Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot (Sarah Crichton Books, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York 2009)

CREATIVE AGING: New Ways to Thrive and Contribute Throughout Our Ever-Longer Life-Spans – May 30

CREATIVE AGING:
New Ways to Thrive and Contribute
Throughout Our Ever-Longer Life-Spans

Thurs., May 30, 3:45 sharp — 5:15 pm sharp
Gottesman Library, Teachers College, 525 West 120th St.

RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/Conversations-New-York/events/121003972/

Socrates himself reached the peak of his powers at the age of 70 (not an easy feat in those days) – and he would have continued growing, learning, and ‘kicking butt’ if he hadn’t been sentenced to death by hemlock!

  1. Do you have concerns about the future well-being of the elders in your life – your parents or grandparents? Are we victims of “Ageism” — stereotyping people on the basis of their age?
  2. Are you now or do you anticipate sharing responsibility for an elders’ quality-of-life?
  3. Are you aware that your own eventual “successful aging” will depend importantly on some things you do now? (“If I’d known I was going to live so long, I would have taken better care of myself.”)

At this Conversation we will share our experiences with aging and with those elders who have touched our lives.

Please come to share your experiences and reflections:

What does Aging mean to you?

Do you feel that there are stereotypes, prejudices, and social practices that harm older adults (“Ageism”)?

What are your concerns for and about the elders in your life?

What do you hope will characterize your own later years, in terms of life-style, activities, opportunities, and supports?

Light refreshments will be available. There will be a display of relevant publications.

Suggested optional reading:

The Third Chapter, Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot (Sarah Crichton Books, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York 2009)

What Phil O’Brien is Saying About Conversations New York!

Phil O’Brien, a distinguished entrepreneur, catalyst, and “connector” (www.philobrien.com) who is visiting New York to explore new projects,  joined our Steering Committee on January 4th and shared his characteristically high-spirited responses:

CNY Penn Meetup 5I recently had the pleasure of attending a planning session of a new group,  Conversations New York session, at Penn Station (in a table at the back of TGI Fridays). It was a diverse group (as would be expected from the melting pot of New York) – all committed to getting the art of conversation going in New York. They have a lovely statement that outlines their aims:-
IMAGINE…
Hundreds of New Yorkers coming together in small groups of neighbors
and fellow citizens to discuss topics of intensive interest…
Hosted at no cost and at convenient locations and times…
Aided by simple guiding principles…
Inspired by the city’s grand tradition of robust conversation…
Our vision is to inspire, organize, publicize, facilitate and celebrate
a renaissance of healthy dialogue in New York City.
At that small table were people dedicated to Socratic Learning, getting fellowship for seniors in the population through conversation, diversifying the conversations of blind people from just always talking about fund raising, simply getting people to “Talk to me”, encouraging the immigrant population of the Upper West Side to start conversations again in the Hungarian Pastry Shops and generally stop technology separating us.
I’m hoping that in my time in New York to help the group with its aims. They are already excellent catalysts for the conversations of New York. On their site – there is a calendar of monthly events, and they track the activities of over 50 groups creating conversations in New York. If you are in New York – please take a look at the calendar and join the conversation!
As I said in my last post “I’d like to help you explore through conversations with strangers your undiscovered genius, maybe add fire to your “mild rage” or give you a whole new perspective. I believe this could change you, the people you meet and maybe the world for better – and help us all rediscover our art!” These guys are doing a great job at this.
The group is truly committed to open, diverse conversations. Ron Gross, the inspiring Chairman of the group, expressed it well: “We work hard at making sure conversations are open to all – we know how easy it is for birds of a feather to flock together. We need different perspectives.”
Watch this space for more words and pictures on the Conversations of New York…
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