Guiding Thought-Provoking Discussions: Topics, Tactics, and Techniques

Join us for our first orientation, information and training event for anyone interested in leading discussions at Greater Philadelphia Thinking Society Meetups. To better serve the expanding membership of the Greater Philadelphia Thinking Society, we are increasing the number of discussion group Meetups and adding new discussion leaders. 

We invite all who are even remotely interested in leading a discussion or having an interesting conversation to join us at this session. We are seeking new discussion leaders of all backgrounds. There is no need to be an expert or an authority on any topic you might want to lead; it’s more important that you are passionate about sharing ideas and learning from others. 

Come to share your ideas for future discussion topics, whether or not you have experience as a discussion leader. Some of our most experienced leaders will be there to discuss what works and what doesn't at GPTS Meetups - tips on everything from picking topics to preparing materials to facilitation skills. Contribute your ideas and opinions too, based on your experience as a participant or a leader in discussion groups. 

Meetup Agenda:

• Orientation

• Selecting Discussion Topics

• Leading a Meetup Discussion

• Preparing a Meetup Announcement

• Administration

In preparation for this orientation and training session, we suggest you think about what topics or questions you would like to discuss. During the training, we’ll be asking you to suggest topics you would like to lead, as well as those you would like attend if others lead them. Browse the list of previous topics at our Meetup group website to get ideas. If you have time, take a look at this web page, too, for a preview of what’s involved in serving as a GPTS discussion leader:

We will be using a quiet room on the second floor of the Philadelphia Ethical Society building that we are also considering for some of our regular Saturday morning Meetups. The building on Rittenhouse Square is the home of the Ethical Humanist Society of Philadelphia. (All Sunday Meetups will continue at Starbucks.)

If you cannot make it to this event, no need to worry. We plan to repeat training sessions periodically based on your interest and our need for new leaders. RSVPs are required. If you find you are unable to attend after making a reservation, please cancel at least 48 hours before this Meetup to give someone else a change to take your place.

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  • Ginger

    Great group. Hope we use some of those excellent ideas for discussions.

    1 · June 2

  • cathy

    Such a great way to spend the morning with such a great group of people... So looking forward to more meetups to come!

    1 · June 1

  • Jennifer A.

    very informative

    1 · May 31

  • James F.

    Four Stars plus It is good to reconnect w/ the cohort!!!

    1 · May 31

  • Dr. Janice P.

    The usual mix of thinking, provoking, and good company!

    1 · May 31

  • pam b.

    It is exactly what I have been looking for - ethically minded, life-long learners dedicated to stimulating thoughts and conversations.

    1 · May 31

  • John S. J.

    Privacy, Internet, NSA, Snowden, etc: Best article on privacy I have seen: Privacy under attack: the NSA files revealed new threats to democracy,, by Eben Moglen, law professor at Columbia University.

    May 31

  • Lynn

    I should be there soon

    May 31

  • Jennifer A.

    I will try my best to make it over as I am currently waiting for my train. I had a previous unexpected personal situation happen that will cause me to be late. I'm on my way over.

    May 31

  • Lynn

    Due to events turning in my favor, I will be able to attend, I think, if I get off the waiting list.

    May 29

  • Steve C.

    I can't make next week but hopefully there is a second date for this that I can make. I can learn funcional stuff.

    May 25

    • Sandy C.

      Steve, we haven't schedule another orientation/training session yet, but we plan to have more. The next is likely to be in 2 or 3 months. In the mean time, we hope to see you at discussion groups on other topics, either on Saturdays or Sundays.

      May 26

  • Comm. Jules M.

    Is there an elevator or must we be able to climb steps to attend? You can reply to [masked]

    May 20, 2014

    • Sandy C.

      Hi Jules, I'm sorry to report that the there is no elevator at the Ethical Society. The only way to the second floor is a wide staircase. If you are interested in leading discussions at the Thinking Society Meetups, I suggest you attend some of our sessions at Starbucks, which is on the first floor with easy access. All of our Sunday meetings are at Starbucks and some of our Saturday sessions, too.

      May 23

  • Audrey S.

    I'll look forward to the next meeting -
    Audrey Sussman PhD.

    1 · May 21, 2014

  • Lynn

    I thought about it and I regret to say that this will probably not fit into my schedule. Long story short, I would have to take a bus from the Lehigh Valley into Philadelphia on Saturday, return late in the evening (it's the only return bus), get home around 11 or so, then get back up early in the morning to take the bus out again for the event I'm the 1st of June. I tend to sleep like a log so there is a chance I will oversleep. I would rather avoid that.

    Please communicate anything really important to me from this meeting though.

    1 · May 21, 2014

    • Lynn

      I suppose I could stay at someone's place but in many ways I am a very shy person and am afraid that I will keep people up or do something else not to their liking.

      Very sorry.

      May 21, 2014

    • Lynn

      *event I'm hosting btw


      May 21, 2014

  • pam b.

    Hi Jim, Professor of what subject(s)? I would like to be prepared.

    May 20, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello...I am a university professor, so very comfortable with facilitating discussions. See you soon!

    1 · May 17, 2014

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