Conversations New York Steering Committee Meeting (Open to All)

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Updated July 20, 2013: If you cannot physically make the meeting, please contact Yen as soon as practical to coordinate for a conference call. Thank you.

Reminder: Please post draft conversations to the "meetup draft tab" by July 15th (does not have to be announced final copy). Thank you.

Dear CNY Colleagues and Friends,

CNY is growing and improving each week -- and the credit belongs entirely to you-all, since I continue to be preoccupied by medical exigencies in those closest to me. So I just want to thank you for your leadership roles in promoting more and better conversations for our fellow New Yorkers.

Most notably:

Yu-Jen Chang (Yen) is vigorously exploring co-sponsorship opportunities within Meet-Up (as well as continuing to masterfully helm the website); Natalie Millman is developing new tools to help us all deliver better conversations, with welcome input from Herb Klitzner, Carl Gruber, Ken Snyder, Yu-Jen Chang, and others.
The team of Yao Zhang and Wenjing Zhang is identifying new conversations to enrich our calendar;
Jerome Charyn is proposing a conversation series at Brooklyn College inspired by those at Columbia;
Anita Gold is preparing a proposal to present to the World Science Festival, with Jerry and Michelle; Elizabeth Cohn has submitted a proposal for a conference co-sponsored by the New York Academy of Sciences; We will be recruiting student volunteers at the Columbia University School of Nursing on July 16th; Upcoming Conversations are being planned by Natalie, Sandra Catena, Yen, Laurence, and myself.
Phil O'Brien will be exploring possibilities at the Centre for Social Innovation during August, after he returns from the UK next week;
our next Socratic Conversation (3:45) and Steering Committee meeting (5:30) will on Thursday, July 25th, at the Gottesman Library. So THANKS to each of you for how much you are doing! Together, we are going to make a difference in the quality of life in our beloved and bedevilling city!





Hundreds of New Yorkers coming together in small groups of neighbors and fellow citizens to discuss topics of intensive interest…

Hosted at no cost and at convenient locations and times…

Aided by simple guiding principles…

Inspired by the city’s grand tradition of robust conversation…

Our vision is to inspire, organize, publicize, facilitate and celebrate a renaissance of healthy dialogue in New York City.

Join us!

How You Can Help Us Grow!

If you would like to easily add to our strength, we’d be grateful for your taking these easy steps:

1. Visit us at to learn more about us, subscribe to our website, and spread the word.

2. Share with us your reactions, questions, and suggestions about this venture. [masked]

3. ”Like” our organization on Facebook at

4. Consider convening a Conversation yourself – our site will soon provide resources, but in the meantime just ask us.

5. Tell us about Conversations you think should be listed on our on-line calendar.

We hope you’re as excited as we are about promoting and encouraging stimulating conversations in New York City!

Thank you