Voting is now open for our next event (August 12). Remaining proposals from the previous event are now “carried forward” — but new ideas can be pitched any time!
Be sure to head over to citysymposium.com/ideas and “vote up” the proposals that you are most interested in exploring. (Voting period for next event is open until July 29)
The next City Symposium event is on June 10th. The democratically selected topic for discussion was proposed by Jim Rule and Gary Kay: Distraction: Are We Too Distracted to Notice?
Here is the abstract:
This topic originated from a book by Margaret Wheatley, So Far From Home, 2012.
Quote: ‘ We are distracted from distraction by distraction.’ T.S. Eliot in the 1930s
Leading questions for discussion:
Does distraction in our lives prevent us from perceiving reality as it is or it is perceived to be?
Does distraction cause us to rely on the “them” for solutions?
Does a distracted society accelerate the feelings of isolationship, loneliness, and/or depression?
Are our brains being negatively affected by the constant ‘flickering images’ of modern life? (For more information on this last question, please consult The Shallows by Nicholas Carr.)
Looking forward to seeing you on Wednesday, June 10, at 7pm in the ‘Atrium’ (at Chaucers).
This is just a brief reminder that there are about 7 days left to vote for the topic to be presented at our June 10th event. Voting closes on May 26th at 11pm. (This gives whoever is selected to present/lead the night a two week window for preparation.) Vote for the ideas you are most curious about. Or see more details about the June 10 event.
Remember: you can add new ideas/proposals for discussion at future events at any time.