Discussions and debates

  • November 21, 2013 · 7:30 PM
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An evening of intelligent conversations. Bring out your thinking cap for non small talk coffee talk with other like minded and diverse individuals

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  • Joni

    Not sure if this is where I post, but for Lori I wanted to send the link to the top documentary site...http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/

    And I think it was Gary, you can see the Zeitgeist movie on that channel as well....

    November 21, 2013

    • Adam

      Zeitgeist eh? It'd be fun to hear what everyone thinks about the "Resourced Based Economy" they propose. Maybe next time!

      November 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    The big downside of the event is that you don't get time to talk to more people around the table!

    1 · November 21, 2013

  • Janet

    It was great seeing everyone again! Had lots of fun. See you in a couple weeks at the German Club (see the calendar).

    1 · November 21, 2013

  • Joni

    Well, that was a very interesting evening...enjoyed meeting you all and had a fun time bouncing from one topic to another...look forward to meeting again! Thanks all...

    1 · November 21, 2013

  • Janet

    I live over near Bonnie Doon. Does anyone need a ride from this area?

    1 · November 20, 2013

  • Rebecca S.

    Hi there, I was just wondering how long a meetup usually goes on? I would have to bus there and home, which is over an hour for me. I'm 18 and live at home, so my mom can still be picky about how late I am out.

    November 20, 2013

    • Gena

      Typically our gatherings are couple hours.

      November 20, 2013

    • Gena

      And I'm also open to giving rides if needed.

      November 20, 2013

  • Bruce H.

    Janet, re your question about suitable meeting places; I belong to a writers group that meets in a conference room in the library out in Stony Plain.
    We have also met at the Calder library in Edmonton. email me for more details.

    October 31, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Just as a suggestion The Roast Coffee place in Mercer Tavern[masked] Street Northwest #102
      Edmonton, AB T5J 5G5, Canada
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      roastcoffee.co‎

      November 18, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      is a splendid place for gathering - they even have a round table in a secluded area that one can reserve for private gathering. Good coffee, and very cozy.

      2 · November 18, 2013

  • Ashif K.

    My guest is Lauri

    November 14, 2013

  • Adam

    There's another great event on the 21st unfortunately! I'm hesitant to suggest a competing event but this a real and active issue facing Edmonton today. So, I'd recommend attending! We could gather after the talk to have a chat if any of you go.
    Here is the meetup event:
    http://www.meetup.com/4-CAUSE/events/150064062/
    And Facebook event:
    https://www.facebook.com/events/331631516952062/

    November 9, 2013

  • Adam

    Hello everyone, great to see the interest in this group keeping its momentum! In regard to the location, I'd like to add that a couple of the more established groups I have attended both use the Stanley Milner Library for their monthly meetings (Edmonton Atheists and Edmonton Libertarians). Seems to work out quite well for accessibility, capacity and functionality of the rooms. The rooms have lots of seating options, whiteboards, projectors etc. These two groups designate a member give a short presentation each month that continues into a round-table discussion. Something to consider.

    November 9, 2013

  • Gena

    Hello all. :)
    I am not opposed to moving our one set monthly meet up. I just want it to be a central location easily accessible. I've been on the hunt for suitable options.
    My other thought was to support local small business with our attendance.
    I do know of a wonderful smaller tasty place that could work.
    I'd have to make a reservation and they could stay open for us.
    The place is called creole envie.
    It's on 112 ave and about 64 st.
    I'd be willing to carpool if others are interested.
    I have looked into library meeting rooms too and it just didn't come together with group we had at the time.
    I'd personally like to see multiple meet ups that fit the need or wants of the whole.
    So ideally for me that looks like one meet up at a set location monthly. And others around the city of a more social or pointed purpose. Bowling. Or movie. Or book group.
    These are just my own opinions. And they're not set in stone.
    Thoughts?
    =)

    November 6, 2013

    • Janet

      Thank you Gena for the clarification. I think this will help immensely!

      I had suggested the dinner as an additional event only - not to compete with the monthly Discuss & Debate.

      Bruce, Deena and Jack, I believe, are avid readers and there was an event on the Calgary site for Edmonton SH Book Club. That would work nicely at Calder or another library location. I believe the only reason for seeking other locations were so others could participate more fully. Finding the right venue(s) is key.
      I am active on the discussions to maintain the momentum that seems to be building.

      2 · November 6, 2013

  • Janet

    Does anyone know a good place over by Bonnie Doon that is conducive to our meet-up? Bonnie Doon is very accessible by bus as it is on two major bus routes that span across the city. I found the music at Tiramisu too loud and because there wasn't a circular table, it segmented the group so you didn't have the opportunity to hear everyone or their opinions. It would be good if we can find something that is open till 10:00 as time seems to pass quickly when we get chatting....

    I am looking forward to seeing you all again!

    Janet

    2 · October 24, 2013

    • Joelle

      the mall may be a good place.. in the food court

      1 · November 3, 2013

    • Janet

      Gena proposes to maintain the discussion & debate at Tirimisu, but we can arrange alternate events at Bonnie Doon food court or other southside venues. For discussions the mall might be too loud depending on date and time. I went to The Cheesecake Factory and it is VERY nice with reasonable prices if we meet as a small group. Café Bicyclette is nice if you want to meet late but there are French groups that meet from time to time there - but there was no loud music to struggle with. Why don't the south-sider's come up with an activity to have on that side of town for convenience and I think it would be good to have them also on other sides of town as well.

      November 3, 2013

  • Bruce H.

    Busy Busy, I could write a book. No time sorry. I look forward to the met.

    November 3, 2013

  • Bruce H.

    I just joined. I am laid up with a broken leg for now, but I am hoping to be good enough to drive by Nov. 21. I would like taking in that meeting.

    1 · October 31, 2013

  • Janet

    I was thinking to suggest a dinner or potluck in December. With the winter holidays, it's nice to get together where it's not all about Christmas but more about celebrating new friends and acquaintences. I was looking into venues and was thinking about one of the cultural centres where they have a buffet - I think that may be easier and then no one worries about cleanup etc. This would be apart from our Discussions and Debates? Anyone up for it?

    1 · October 25, 2013

    • Gary J.

      I'm always up for good food and good conversation with like minded friends The German Cultural Center sounds great!

      October 26, 2013

    • Janet

      Check the Calendar for December. :) I've proposed Dec 5 for a dinner. I can reserve it once we have some numbers.

      1 · October 27, 2013

  • Sandra S.

    Gena, as the co-organizer/event host, you are the final word on this location issue. What would you like to do with the ideas put forth, or not do as the case may be?

    1 · October 26, 2013

    • Gary J.

      I can not see the group getting much larger at the Taramisu and I always worry that a group such as ours that does not order much in the way of food and drink and stays for so long is impeding on the cafe's ability to make money and stay in business. Has the café been asked if the group meeting is OK?

      October 26, 2013

    • Marilyn

      Gena...not sure what you are proposing "keeping one meetup where it is"?? Are you suggesting alternating locations so everyone has a chance to attend? I think this group has the potential to grow in numbers.

      October 27, 2013

  • Sandra S.

    Hi all, has there ever been any consideration given to having some of these meetings at someone's home? Is that taboo? I have a great home (if you all can put up with two very social pups). Although I do live in the Meadowlark area, which many of you may find too far to go. Carpooling might be a good way to arrange transport. Regardless, finding a nice venue on the south side is fine with me. I just find cafes a bit noisy... much better in a lounge (those of you who don't drink don't have to. Bars serve non-alcoholic beverages as well).

    2 · October 24, 2013

    • Janet

      Hi Sandra, How truly incredible that you would open your doors to the group! I don't think it is taboo as I have seen it in other groups. I am happy to carpool three others from the southside. My place is constantly under renos or I would offer too. I agree that most cafes are noisy and many are not open past 9:00.

      October 25, 2013

    • Gena

      I think this is an incredible generous offer. I'm in favor of exploring the idea and willing to carpool as necessary. I'm driving anyway. I cannot offer my home. It's more busy than a cafe!

      October 26, 2013

  • Gena

    Hi everyone!
    Wow. Lots of discussions. Sorry for being absent had a surprise that took me out of loop of things.
    Yes this is a secular meeting for intelligent discussion.
    One meet up per month can be at central location ie taramisu cafe
    Also discussed was getting together more than once a month and moving that where others can attend.
    Having someone willing to host is fabulous.
    More discussions for books or movies or social events even.
    This is a very diverse group of adults and meeting needs or wants of whole group is a juggle.
    I'm open and welcome all this great input!
    Those who've sent me messages I am not ignoring you and I will respond to everyone. Be patient. I'm having human challenges. :)

    1 · October 26, 2013

  • Janet

    Has anyone been to Café Bicyclette in the French Quarter? I've heard it's good but I can pop by to see if they have bigger tables. http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/131/1780863/restaurant/Bonnie-Doon/Cafe-Bicyclette-Edmonton The hours on Thursdays are 8h - 22h

    Feedback?

    1 · October 24, 2013

  • Joni

    A bit shy (only at first), I would be interested in attending the next meetup...I too live on the South Side near Bonnie Doon area so am all for that...

    1 · October 24, 2013

  • Janet

    I agree that it would be great to see it on the South side as it seems that there are several people who live SE. Perhaps we should try to rotate locations to be fair to all unless an amazing location is secured. As good as the food and beverage selection was at Café Tiramisu I believe we can find a better suited venue to promote more of a group participation even if it is for perhaps the first half of the get-together.

    Any ice breaking topics? One that I thought was interesting was a thought challenge by Peter Boghossian... At about the 15 minute mark is the challenge....www.youtube.com/watch?v=qp4WUFXvCFQ

    Alternatively we can go with something much lighter like your favorite secular book, author, movie.... J

    October 18, 2013

  • Marilyn

    Can we move location to Bonnie Doon area..or south-ish? I live in SE Ed...close to Sh Pk and could not make future mtgs there. Was a great group last night...I feel validated ! Or alternate locations? Thanks all.

    October 18, 2013

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We just grab a coffee and speak French. Some people have been coming every week for months... it creates a kind of warmth to the group.

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