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TED Talk Salon: Building a Caring Economy

Join in our TED Talk Salon for a brain-stimulating presentation and lively discussion. For the curious world citizen, you may enjoy this video-style book club.

This month's topic:  Building a Caring Economy

Riane Eisler is a social scientist, attorney, and author whose work on cultural transformation has inspired both scholars and social activists. Her research has impacted many fields, including history, economics, psychology, sociology, and education. She has been a leader in the movement for peace, sustainability, and economic equity, and her pioneering work in human rights has expanded the focus of international organizations to include the rights of women and children.

Dr. Eisler is President of the Center for Partnership Studies and internationally known for her bestseller The Chalice and The Blade: Our History, Our Future, now in 25 languages. Her newest book, The Real Wealth of Nations: Creating a Caring Economics proposes a new approach to economics that gives visibility and value to the most essential human work: the work of caring for people and nature.


3:30...Watch the TED Talk, discuss in small groups
5:00...Whole group summary/further discussion
5:30...Socializing until the library closes at 6


Monthly, we view a recorded TED Talk (of about 20 min.) from those posted at Talks are by a person notable in their field, who has interesting things to say. After viewing their piece, we'll break into smaller groups and talk about the ideas raised (with the occasional tangent! ;-)

Talks are selected because they catch the interest of Rebecca, our TED salon moderator, and are likely candidates for good conversation. (Participant recommendations are welcomed-email Rebecca.)

Please join us!

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  • Deborah J. N.

    I like Bill's idea of counting off to form small discussion groups. Could the person wanting to make a statement to the whole group discussion just stand, projecting their voice?

    1 · October 7, 2013

    • Ginny R.

      This is a great idea because it will break people up into groups composed of folks they may not have gotten to know previously. Six to eight in a small group is ideal, I think. Groups seem to differ quite a bit in terms of individual contributions.

      1 · October 7, 2013

    • Mark T.

      I would weigh in against counting off. While hearing the opinions of those I don't know can be useful, I like being able to share the experience with people I already know and being directed as to where and with whom to associate feels uncomfortable and unnecessary. Even if it were a chance assignment.

      1 · October 7, 2013

  • William F.

    Started later and lasted longer than expected. Though the discussion was excellent, greater distribution of opinion could have been achieved by having the attendees separate into four groups by counting off. A microphone would have aided hearing over the noisy heating system.

    2 · October 6, 2013

    • Rebecca

      Thanks for your feedback, William. I think up to 8 people in the small groups (which was the case this day) to be the upper end of okay. Everyone has a different experience. Though if others chime in they think there should be no more than ?, then I would be happy to give that a whirl.

      October 7, 2013

    • Rebecca

      The microphone is a great idea. Do you have a system we could use? The library doesn't. We bring our own projector and speakers for this, but don't have a mic system. Hmm, passing a mic around could slow down the conversation a bit, though. Maybe we can arrange the room differently for the larger discussion. Anyone have any ideas on this one?

      October 7, 2013

  • Ginny R.

    One of the members of my small conversation group, after speaking his piece, proceeded to spend the rest of the time on his i-phone checking email or whatever. I found this incredibly rude, even in this day and age.

    1 · October 5, 2013

    • Rebecca

      Hi, Ginny. The "whatever" makes me wonder if you know what he was actually doing. Without that info, I think labeling it as "rude" is a bit harsh. Also, we live in a multicultural society, and technology is influencing mores quite a bit these days. I encourage you next time something like this happens to bring it up In Real Time with the person, and in a Caring way rather than a blaming way. If you want to discuss this further one-on-one with me, please let me know. ~Event Host, Rebecca

      October 6, 2013

  • Laura

    Unfortunately I can't make it

    October 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This reservation if for Jerry and Peggy Ohm.

    September 10, 2013

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