Our group provides a way to meet and hear from people you would never run into otherwise. We provide a place to respectfully exchange views, and welcome any viewpoint. Members come from all over Atlanta and from all different age ranges (college to retired).

We strive to maintain respectful interesting conversation, and are more focused on learning than honing debate skills or promoting a particular agenda.  It's a chance to get beyond the sound bites see things through other people's eyes.

We are a community of people that want to change the world for the better. So we gather every month to discuss the issues of the world and share ideas about possible solutions.

Some meetings we invite subject matter experts to speak and answer questions.

We welcome non-conformists, conformists, straight, gay, married, single, atheists, religious, entrepreneurs, employees, conservatives, liberals, environmentalists, anti-environmentalists, young, retired, wealthy, poor, women, men, libertarians, democrats, republicans, ... You name it, we welcome the viewpoint.

No Show Policy

We have a fairly strict no-show policy--RSVPing but not showing. Members that no-show will get a warning email on their 2nd no-show, and be banned on their 3rd. No-show includes canceling within 24 hours.

While this may seem draconian, it's very hard to organize a group when we can't predict attendance. Restaurants are reserving a space for the promise of a big enough order, and when there's a waiting list, no-shows prevent others from coming.

We understand stuff comes up, just send an organizer a message if you got a flat tire, stuck at work, or cut a finger off at shop class.

This is what our members say about the Controversial Topic Discussion Club:

· I am a non-conformist, meaning that I try to learn the truth, and don't just necessarily go along with the consensus opinions in a group

· I like being to openly have honest discussions on topics that people feel strongly about, and are controversial

· I have an opinion about everything.. I try my best to make sure they are informed...

· I'm game for intellectual and emotional stimulation. Polite but passionate controversy

· I like to read and discuss current events with intelligent people.

· Hello, I love good conversation that makes you think about another side to a topic.

· I recently moved to the area and enjoy getting into lively discussions with informed people (regardless of whether their opinion aligns with mine)....

· Polite chit chat is a bore! :-) I'm a and lifelong learner, so I love a friendly, well-informed discussion on any topic....

· I really enjoy learning about topics of the day, many of which I have strong opinions of, but that I acknowledge, I should become more educated about.

· I've been told by a few people that I think too much, because I always have a counterpoint. I love discussing…

· I love to read and I love to discuss, so this is fun.

· I'm thrilled to know there is a group discussing ideas versus people.

· I like meeting some people who are willing to listen to both sides instead of just yelling

· I am a bit of a news junkie and I love conversations on thought-provoking ideas.

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