• June '19 - Elections (which will likely include abortion and tariffs)

    Ground rules: • Maintain a respectful conversation. (Attack the ideas, but not the person expressing them.) • Speak at a volume that the table can hear you. This is especially important for today because the venue just told me we'll be on the patio area where it gets kind of noisy. • Try not to stray TOO far from the topic at hand (there is no formal moderator or anything but it's just so that everyone gets to talk about the topic they came for). Format: • Self Introductions • Context - the Democratic primary field is wide. Who is running? Who is relevant? Who is different? Why is the upcoming election important? How is it different than past election cycles? • Issues - What issues will drive voter turnout in 2020? Which issues will unite the country? Which issues will divide the country? Where do you stand on the issues? Where do America's leaders stand on the issues? Where does the American public stand on the issues? • Future - What predictions do you have about the 2020 elections? What is the strategy of the parties? What is their end game? Where will they gain or lose ground? • Closing remarks Note: Meal is not provided with this event. Please plan to pay for your own grub. p.s. We're looking for volunteers to help offset the ~90 bucks that Meetup charges to host this group. Attendees are requested to pitch in $2 to $5 (or whatever you can afford) during dinner so the group can continue.

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  • Government shutdown and the Wall

    Coal Vines Pizza

    Ground rules: • Maintain a respectful conversation. (Attack the ideas, but not the person expressing them.) • Speak at a volume that the table can hear you. This is especially important for today because the venue just told me we'll be on the patio area where it gets kind of noisy. • Try not to stray TOO far from the topic at hand (there is no formal moderator or anything but it's just so that everyone gets to talk about the topic they came for). Format: • Self Introductions • Context - How does funding work in US government? What does a "shutdown" mean? What does a "partial" shutdown mean? Under what circumstances have shutdowns occurred in the past? What resolved those conflicts and reopened the government in the past? • Current events - What is the context of the current shutdown? Who are the stakeholders? What does each stakeholder want? What leverage does each side have? What criteria determine a winner? Who is winning? Who is losing? • Future - Should shutdowns be absolutely prevented from occurring or are they a necessary part of governing? How can this be avoided in this future? What scenarios are possible moving forward from today? • Closing remarks Note: Meal is not provided with this event. Please plan to pay for your own grub. p.s. We're looking for volunteers to help offset the ~90 bucks that Meetup charges to host this group. Attendees are requested to pitch in $2 to $5 (or whatever you can afford) during dinner so the group can continue. Check out our sponsor: NoD CoWorking (noddfw.com)

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  • Two Party System - Good or Bad?

    Coal Vines Pizza

    Ground rules: • Maintain a respectful conversation. (Attack the ideas, but not the person expressing them.) • Speak at a volume that the table can hear you • Try not to stray TOO far from the topic at hand (there is no formal moderator or anything but it's just so that everyone gets to talk about the topic they came for). Format: • Self Introductions • Context - What is the "two party system" in America? How is it different from other parts of the world? Discuss the history of the party system in America. What has caused it to be put in place? When have parties been created, risen and fallen? • Current events - How are the parties aligned today on social, economical and international policy issues? Is the two party system working for America today? What needs to change? What is the viability of a third party over taking the Democratic and/or Republican party? • Future - How would you design a political party system? • Closing remarks Note: Meal is not provided with this event. Please plan to pay for your own grub. p.s. We're looking for volunteers to help offset the ~90 bucks that Meetup charges to host this group. Attendees are requested to pitch in $2 to $5 (or whatever you can afford) during dinner so the group can continue. Check out our sponsor: NoD CoWorking (noddfw.com)

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  • Ted Cruz vs. Beto O'Rourke - Defend your candidate

    Coal Vines Pizza

    Ground rules: • Maintain a respectful conversation. (Attack the ideas, but not the person expressing them.) • Speak at a volume that the table can hear you • Try not to stray TOO far from the topic at hand (there is no formal moderator or anything but it's just so that everyone gets to talk about the topic they came for). • Given the upcoming mid-term elections, we're going to try something new. Assuming we can get a somewhat balanced representation of each candidate among the group, we will discuss the pros and cons of voting for either candidate. If you are undecided, come to ask questions and here from others who are not. Format: • Self Introductions • Economic Issues - what are the positions of each candidate in this area? Where do they agree? Where is there a contrast? • Social Issues - what are the positions of each candidate in this area? Where do they agree? Where is there a contrast? • Foreign Issues - what are the positions of each candidate in this area? Where do they agree? Where is there a contrast? • Aside from policy positions, a Senator is a leader who represents your state. Discuss which candidate would make a better leader / role model. Which candidate has the X factor to be successful for Texans in Washington DC? • Closing remarks Note: Meal is not provided with this event. Please plan to pay for your own grub. p.s. We're looking for volunteers to help offset the ~90 bucks that Meetup charges to host this group. Attendees are requested to pitch in $2 to $5 (or whatever you can afford) during dinner so the group can continue. Check out our sponsor: NoD CoWorking (noddfw.com)

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  • Protests: the right and wrong way to express political opposition

    Ground rules: • Maintain a respectful conversation. (Attack the ideas, but not the person expressing them.) • Speak at a volume that the table can hear you • Try not to stray TOO far from the topic at hand (there is no formal moderator or anything but it's just so that everyone gets to talk about the topic they came for). Format: • Self Introductions • Background: How have people engaged in political opposition in the past? What forms of protest have been used? What used to be controversial that is not today? What used to be acceptable that is not today? What are key protections offered to protesters in America that are not offered in other parts of the world? What are limitations on protest in America? • Current events: In the past few years, a lot of forms of protest have become increasingly polarizing and even violent. What are the arguments for and against each type of protest? Which form of protest if any should be discouraged/banned? • Analysis: What is the relationship between political protest and changes in government/policy? What is the most effective form of protest? What is the least effective form of protest? At what point does something go beyond protest and turn into rebellion? • Closing remarks Note: Meal is not provided with this event. Please plan to pay for your own grub. p.s. We're looking for volunteers to help offset the ~90 bucks that Meetup charges to host this group. Attendees are requested to pitch in $2 to $5 (or whatever you can afford) during dinner so the group can continue. Check out our sponsor: NoD CoWorking (noddfw.com) PSA: I didn't think I'd have to say this but...I've gotten a report of some inappropriate behavior, so I wanted to clarify it here. This group is meant as a way for people to engage in meaningful, intellectual discourse. The purpose of this group is not romantic. There are plenty of other "singles" groups for that. Please don't join and send out unsolicited (creepy) messages to other members. You will be booted. Feel free to message me if other members are being inappropriate and I'll do my best to remove them (or you can use the report abuse function that MeetUp offers).

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  • Isreal, Arabia, and Persia

    Cafe Izmir

    Ground rules: • Maintain a respectful conversation. (Attack the ideas, but not the person expressing them.) • Speak at a volume that the table can hear you • Try not to stray TOO far from the topic at hand (there is no formal moderator or anything but it's just so that everyone gets to talk about the topic they came for). Format: • Self Introductions • History: What milestone events have occurred in these nations/cultures/religions/geographies? How are they related to each other? • Current events: What is happening in the middle east now? What significant events have occurred in the past 100 years? What about the past 10 years? Past 1 year? • Analysis: What can or should be done to manage the current conflicts or influence the future? What role should be played by the various stakeholders: NATO, UN, USA, Iran, Iraq, Palestine, Isreal, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, etc. • Closing remarks Invite your friends! Note: Meal is not provided with this event. Please plan to pay for your own grub. p.s. We're looking for volunteers to help offset the ~90 bucks that Meetup charges to host this group. Attendees are requested to pitch in $2 to $5 (or whatever you can afford) during dinner so the group can continue.

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  • Isolationism vs. Internationalism (Political and Economic)

    Additional details to be provided soon.

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  • Checks and Balances

    Cafe Izmir

    Discussion topic: Governmental Checks and Balances More specifically, we're going to be discussing the system of checks and balances in the American form of government and how they could apply to current events and hypothetical scenarios. Ground rules: • Maintain a respectful conversation. (Attack the ideas, but not the person expressing them.) • Speak at a volume that the table can hear you • Self moderate: There is not a formal structure or moderator, so try not to stray TOO far from the topic at hand and maintain a productive, engaging conversation. • Meal is not provided with this event. Please plan to pay for your own grub. Format: • Self Introductions • Background discussion and context sharing - Discuss the history around the subject matter, share what you know or want to learn about it • Current events - Discuss what is happening around the subject matter in current events, how does that fit into the broader context • Analysis - Share opinions, insights conclusions. Discuss/debate your reasoning This meetup is made possible in part due to a generous sponsorship by NoD Coworking. NoD Coworking (pronounced "node") is a 15,000 square foot coworking space in North Dallas at 17290 Preston Road. We are a community of creatives, developers, designers, engineers, and artists. If you're interested in a monthly membership plan or day pass, we'd love to meet you and help you get plugged in! Please submit your membership application online at http://www.noddfw.com/membership.

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  • War on Drugs

    Momo's Italian Restaurant

    Discussion topic: War on Drugs Ground rules: • Maintain a respectful conversation. (Attack the ideas, but not the person expressing them.) • Speak at a volume that the table can hear you • Self moderate: There is not a formal structure or moderator, so try not to stray TOO far from the topic at hand and maintain a productive, engaging conversation. • Meal is not provided with this event. Please plan to pay for your own grub. Format: • Self Introductions • Background discussion and context sharing - Discuss the history around the subject matter, share what you know or want to learn about it • Current events - Discuss what is happening around the subject matter in current events, how does that fit into the broader context • Analysis - Share opinions, insights conclusions. Discuss/debate your reasoning This meetup is made possible in part due to a generous sponsorship by NoD Coworking. NoD Coworking (pronounced "node") is a 15,000 square foot coworking space in North Dallas at 17290 Preston Road. We are a community of creatives, developers, designers, engineers, and artists. If you're interested in a monthly membership plan or day pass, we'd love to meet you and help you get plugged in! Please submit your membership application online at http://www.noddfw.com/membership.

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  • Women's rights, Sexual assault and equal pay

    Momo's Italian Restaurant

    Discussion topic: Women's rights, Sexual assault and equal pay Ground rules: • Maintain a respectful conversation. (Attack the ideas, but not the person expressing them.) • Speak at a volume that the table can hear you • Self moderate: There is not a formal structure or moderator, so try not to stray TOO far from the topic at hand and maintain a productive, engaging conversation. • Meal is not provided with this event. Please plan to pay for your own grub. Format: • Self Introductions • Background discussion and context sharing - Discuss the history around the subject matter, share what you know or want to learn about it • Current events - Discuss what is happening around the subject matter in current events, how does that fit into the broader context • Analysis - Share opinions, insights conclusions. Discuss/debate your reasoning p.s. We're looking for volunteers to help offset the ~90 bucks that Meetup charges to host this group. Attendees are requested to pitch in $2 to $5 (or whatever you can afford) during dinner so the group can continue.

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