Columbus Rationality

Rationality is about the science of reasoning, and acting effectively to meet your goals.


Our topic this week will be: "The Right Ideas Aren't Enough: Building a Team to Achieve Shared Goals"


Rational people are sometimes prone to the fallacy that if they simply argue for the correct course of action everyone around them will understand and get on board. Unfortunately, it's not that simple. Building buy-in for a project requires motivating people, resolving conflicts, and building structures to share power. Learn techniques for building and maintaining an effective team, including tips from exotic animal trainers. Amanda Metskas shares strategies she has used for the last 10 years of working with teams of volunteers through Camp Quest and other secular organizations including the Humanist Community of Cental Ohio and the Secular Coalition for America.


Amanda K. Metskas is the executive director of Camp Quest, Inc. She has been involved with Camp Quest since 2003, and became executive director in 2007. Currently, Amanda focuses on providing coordination and support services to all of the Camp Quest programs. She is a co-author of Raising Freethinkers: A Practical Guide for Parenting Beyond Belief with Dale McGowan, Molleen Matsumura and Jan Devor. Amanda holds an M.A. in political science from Ohio State University, and a B.A. in international relations and psychology from Brown University. 


Parental Warning: We are a very casual group. There is some swearing and discussion of mature issues.


Resources:

Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality: www.hpmor.com

-This fanfic is the most engaging way to learn what "rationality" is all about

LessWrong: www.lesswrong.com

-A community blog on rationality.

 Center for Applied Rationality: http://rationality.org/

-An organization dedicated to applying research findings about our thinking.

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