This is just a brief reminder to join us at 7pm in the Chaucer’s Atrium this Wednesday to discuss: ‘Learning from the Past’
All the details about the conversation are available here: http://citysymposium.com/2016/03/31/can-we-understand-the-present-without-understanding-the-past/
Hope to see you there!
The next City Symposium gathering is Wednesday, April 13 at 7pm at Chaucer’s Pub.
Here’s the topic proposal with the most votes for this event: Can we understand the present without understanding the past? by James Shelley
I have finished a rough draft of a book about the role that ancient literature plays in contemporary society. My thesis is straightforward: the papyrus, codices, and writings of the past teach us things about ourselves that we can learn in no other way. I’d like to take advantage of a room full of smart people (that’s you!) to pitch my thesis and get your critiques and input.
RSVP, learn more, and invite your friends at http://learningfromthepast.eventbrite.ca/
This event is also on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/1692127061040912/
Our next pub conversation is schedule for Wednesday, April 13 at 7pm. It’s time to vote for the topic.
You might also be interested in this event coming up at the London Public Library on Monday, April 18 at 7pm:
If you haven’t done so already, be sure to check out this post for links and background for this Wednesay’s discussion. We will be launching our discussion by exploring a ‘systems approach’ to thinking about society change. Grabbing this preamble (homework!) will probably be helpful.
See you at 7pm at Chaucers (Atrium room) this Wednesday!
You might also want to jump on board with the Facebook event page for this discussion too.
Our first gathering of 2016 is only two weeks away!
Here’s the question voted up for discussion:
How do we (actually) make positive changes in society?
(Proposed by James Shelley)
I’d like to have a high level discussion about how society transforms and evolves. To prompt the dialogue, I’d invite everyone to read an essay entitled ‘Leverage Points’ by Donella Meadows. This essay to serve as a lens to provoke/frame our initial thoughts.
If you would rather not read the entire article (about 9,300 words), I recently condensed the main thesis into a 12 minute video presentation as part of another project. (Note: in this video, I am applying Meadow’s theory to poverty reduction specifically. In our discussion on February 10th, I hope our conversation explores how we think about change in other political, social, and environmental arenas as well. In Meadow’s argument, these are all interrelated.)
Of course, the assumption that we can (or should) actually try to change society at all is also up for consideration. Join us on Wednesday, February 10th, at 7pm at Chaucers (Atrium room) for a discussion about the nature of change itself.
Know some other people who might interested in joining this discussion? Invite them to join you on February 10th, and be sure to invite them to sign up for this email list for further updates.
Facebook event details here.
The first City Symposium of 2016 is just a little over 4 weeks away! Make sure that Wednesday, February 10th at 7pm is marked in your calendar.
If you haven’t done so recently, be sure to visit the ideas page and vote for (and pitch!) ideas that you’d like to prioritize for discussion! (There are 15 days left to select our discussion topic for the February 10th event.)
Mark your calendars for City Symposium discussions this year:
- February 10, 2016
- April 13, 2016
- June 8, 2016
- August 10, 2016
- October 12, 2016
- December 14, 2016
We will continue meet in the Chaucer’s Atrium room at 7pm on these dates (the second Wednesday of the month, bi-monthly).
Also, be sure to vote for the topic(s) you are interested in discussing in February!
Merry Christmas, Everyone!
Come to the City Symposium this Wednesday at 7pm to explore a very thought provoking question: Is immortality worth pursuing? The discussion will be facilitated by Brian Frank. Here are some perspectives to stir your curiosity.
All are welcome, as always.
Details: December 9th, 7pm, at Chaucer’s Pub (122 Carling Street), in the Atrium room.
Our upcoming City Symposium discussion idea was proposed by Brian Frank: Is Immortality Worth Pursuing?
There’s growing research into ways to extend the human lifespan to 150 years and even theoretically “forever.” The quest for immortality raises a lot of questions about what that future might look like, how it could be possible (if at all) and, for me, whether it’s even desirable (personally or socially).
Brian recommends checking out the following resources to help frame and contextualize the discussion:
Join us on Wednesday, December 9, at 7pm at Chaucer’s (Atrium room) to discuss. All are welcome.
There are some great ideas on the table to discuss, which one would you like to explore?
Our next symposium event is on Wednesday, December 9th. Today is the last day to vote for the topic you’d like to discuss.