What is the format for our events?
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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
sample discussion notes)
- the first 90 min are structured
(facilitated) then people generally mix and mingle until they are ready to
- 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.
To give you an idea of some of the preparation provided for our events, here are
links to the facilitator notes
and Food for Thought pages for our
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
Currently, all of our events are held in English but we will soon be branching
out into other languages as well.
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
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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