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What is the format for our events?

 

 

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Our format has been refined over time to include the following:

  • open-minded individuals who are as intelligent as they are friendly
  • 1 thought-provoking topic provided in advance (View sample topics)
  • events are held in a charming restaurant
  • the venue is close to public transportation
  • 6 people at each table so everyone has a chance to speak
  • Food for Thought page provided in advance of the event (View sample Food for Thought page)
  • 1 discussion facilitator at each table with notes provided and members take turns being facilitators (View sample discussion notes)
  • the first 90 min are structured (facilitated) then people generally mix and mingle until they are ready to leave
  • a small fee is required to attend our events (View payment FAQs)



Creating a Safe Environment for Sharing Insights

Most people who attend our events have appreciated the safe and fun atmosphere for sharing insights on various philosophical issues and life in general.

Of course, our discussions are never limited to questions in the notes; they are only provided to help fuel the discussions.

Click here to view the facilitator notes and Food for Thought pages for our Truth & Honesty event topic:

Discussion notes and facilitator FAQs

Food for Thought Page

There are many philosophical book clubs and discussion groups which do not have a primary focus on making philosophy practical. In contrast, one of the main intentions behind our events (aside from having fun) is to discuss how philosophy can be used as a practical tool to help us gain a more enriched understanding of ourselves and the world around us. It's not so much about knowing which specific philosopher said what or which theory is right or wrong; it's about how we can integrate intriguing principals, and how we can pose thought-provoking questions to one another for the purpose of sharing insights in order bring more happiness and wisdom to our lives.   

We define 'practical philosophical discussions' as the discussions of everyday challenges and opportunities relating to personal growth, self-awareness, and self-empowerment in relation to philosophical theories and concepts available to us from the great thinkers of our time and from the past.

No formal philosophy experience or specialized knowledge is required to participate in any of our events (either as a facilitator or as a regular guest). All that is required is that you are open-minded and respectful of your fellow guests.

Currently, all of our events are held in English but we will soon be branching out into other languages as well.

 

Unfortunately, as we all know there are often barriers to having good conversations and some of these may involve pet peeves.

Click here for a preliminary list of conversation pet peeves

 

Here are some thoughts on how to be more conscious with regards to the ingredients for fun and engaging conversations:

Click here for our conversation 'Intentions' page


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