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Please join us to celebrate CONVERSATION DAY on Sat., Aug. 30, in Bryant Park

  • Aug 30, 2014 · 3:00 PM
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Let’s Talk, New York!

(OK, we know this rhymes only in New York!)

Saturday, August 30th is

CONVERSATION DAY

In Bryant Park (Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street) and throughout the City

RSVP (required to reserve a place)  to [masked]

Website: www.conversationsnewyork.com

Conversation Day is a celebration of the joys and benefits of Good Talk.  Help us join with our  friends in Boston, Las Vegas, San Francisco,  London,  and as far afield as Kuala Lampur -- by talking the talk here in the Big Apple!

Join us at 3 pm in Bryant Park, located between 40th and 42nd streets between 5th Avenue and the Avenue of the Americas (6th Ave.).  Look for us wearing colored berets (red/yellow/blue/green/white).  Exact location and details  will be provided when you RSVP to [masked].

OR

Do-it-yourself!  You can hold your own  conversation anytime during that day or evening, anywhere in NYC, indoors or outdoors, with old friends or new ones. 

* The simplest thing you can do to show your support of the day is to simply have a conversation with someone you don’t know! 

* To go one step further,  just bring together a few people  (4-6 is ideal), and choose an enjoyable and meaningful  topic or two to talk about (suggestions below or on reverse of flyer). 

* If you like, partner with a friend to be co-convenors.  If you want to enlarge your circle even further,  consider using  MeetUp (www.meetup.com) to announce your event.

For more information, or to let us know what you did, and how it went, please contact us at [masked]; our website is www.conversationsnewyork.com

Conversation Day in NYC is inspired by Global Talk-to-Me Day, a roject of 

Talk to Me London (http://www.talktomelondon.org/home).

A FEW POSSIBLE TOPICS FOR YOUR CONVERSATION

(or create some of your own!)

Here are a few topics for consideration – or ask for suggestions from your participants, then vote, and talk about the top two or three choices.

* What is happiness and how can we make ourselves happier?

* What makes New York City great (for you) – and how might we 

  make it greater (for all of us)?

* What is health and how can we achieve it?

* Who in history or nowadays do you most admire as a human being, and why?

* What’s on your bucket list: the things you’d most like to do in the rest of your life?

* What lessons does history teach us?

* What concerns do you have about privacy today, in areas ranging from your health, your employment, your on-line life, your politics, your relationships, or...?

SUGGESTED GROUND-RULES FOR HAVING A GREAT CONVERSATION

(or create some of your own!)

Here are some “agreements” developed by Conversation Café (www.conversationcafe.org) which you may want to consider for your conversation:

Open-mindedness: Listen to and everyone.  Seek to appreciate  many diverse points of view.

Acceptance: Suspend judgment as best you can.

Curiosity: Seek to understand rather than persuade.

Discovery: Question assumptions, look for new insights.

Sincerity: Speak from your heart and personal experience.

Brevity: Go for honesty and depth but don’t go on and on.

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  • Ronald G.

    THANKS, George, for your robust support of DEATH as our October focus. Could you consider offering a session on it -- conjoined with Happiness, if you like! Hmmmm.... My friend and mentor Edward De Bono has suggested that "Life is a holiday from Death", which to me implies that just being alive is a conjurible reason for feeling happy.

    September 2, 2014

    • thomas

      Oops . . . I stand corrected -- thanks Jorge and Jose!

      September 3, 2014

    • Jorge

      As you know (I suspect), nouns in Spanish are either masculine or feminine and the respective "article" must be in agreement. In addition, the singular or plural form must agree as well. :)

      1 · September 3, 2014

  • Ronald G.

    I mis-quoted: the more exact formulation of De Bono's is "Life is a holiday from non-existence." GULP.

    September 2, 2014

  • William C.

    Death is natures way of population control.

    1 · August 31, 2014

  • George

    Sorry I missed the after-event meeting. At 6, I thought were done, and rushed off to meet someone. Death is an awesome topic!

    August 31, 2014

  • Jose B.

    Great

    1 · August 31, 2014

  • Ronald G.

    THANKS, Thomas! Having your group as part of the event was a great asset, and talking with you afterwards, about our October focus on DEATH, was very helpful.

    August 31, 2014

  • Ronald G.

    THANKS so much, Monique, Jorge, Rhoda, and Jose! -- it was the incredible spiritedness, warmth, and intelligence of you, that made the magic happen. I can't thank you enough, friends!

    2 · August 31, 2014

    • thomas

      Great teamwork everyone for making this a resounding success!

      August 31, 2014

  • Bill N.

    Unable to go bc working. I hope it's going well.

    August 30, 2014

  • Monique

    Ron Congratulations on an excellent success for this very well planned CNY meet up. I think it turned out just the way you wanted. It was, of course, well organized on every level.
    Yen did his wizardry on the computer as usual
    A+ all the way!
    Sincere thanks

    1 · August 31, 2014

  • Jose B.

    Thanks Ron and Yen for organizing the event!

    1 · August 30, 2014

    • Conversations New Y.

      Great day at the park for conversation. Thank you Jose for coming out to support "Conversation Day" and for your help with moderating a table. Cheers.

      August 30, 2014

  • Jorge

    Thank you Ron and everyone else for the experience.

    1 · August 30, 2014

  • Rhoda A.

    Fantastic! Everything - the conversation (both formally and informally), the venue, the ambiance, the cooperation, the topics and their offshoots - what a wonderful way to close the summer! And congratulations Ron on your thorough organization and administration. Thank you for a beautiful day.

    1 · August 30, 2014

  • Conversations New Y.

    George will be hosting a conversation on "Happiness" tomorrow for "Conversation Day." Many thanks George. http://www.meetup.com/Conversations-New-York/events/199082002/

    August 29, 2014

  • Conversations New Y.

    A Socrates Cafe in Queens will be joining us tomorrow to converse to discuss What is a "spiritual practice" ? Thanks Jorge for hosting.
    http://www.meetup.com/philosophy101/events/200505202/

    August 29, 2014

  • Conversations New Y.

    NYC Socrates Cafe will be joining us in tomorrow for "Conversation Day." Thanks Miriam and Matt. http://www.meetup.com/NYCSocratesCafe/events/201318732/

    August 29, 2014

  • thomas

    Hi folks, glad to be part of this momentous event! I'm not 100% about my schedule, as the event is still far away in advance, but I'll adjust my RSVP status accordingly as we get closer to Aug 30th.

    1 · August 10, 2014

    • thomas

      Good news -- I'm able to make it after all! My group's topic will be "Is Healthcare a Right or a Privilege?"

      August 22, 2014

    • Yen

      Thanks Thomas. Thomas and his 2 discussion groups will be joining "Conversation Day" tomorrow in Bryant Park discussing "Is Healthcare a Right or a Privilege?"
      NYC Politics: A Public Policy and Political Discussion Group - http://www.meetup.com...­
      NYC Debate - http://www.meetup.com...­

      1 · August 29, 2014

  • Ronald G.

    I'm so glad that you and your group will with us for Conversation Day -- and that's a great topic, of course. THANKS for arranging this, Thomas.

    August 22, 2014

  • Yen

    Ping and Jerry are unable to commit yet due to their uncertainty about their schedule on the day of the event...per conversation with them last Saturday.

    August 19, 2014

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