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Wondering About Socrates Cafe? Passcode 895 304
You are invited to this live information session facilitated by John Wren (and you if you've been scheduled as a speaker) any weekday in January or February.
See: www.Meetup.com/Daily-Socrates-Cafe/Events any weekday Monday thru Friday: 4:15 door open; 4:30 meeting starts. No rsvps, no seating limit, invite all your employees, members, or neighbors to watch. Questions? Call (303)861-1447 (All times Denver MST)
Ready to rsvp for a real SBCC Socrates Cafe Society Meetup?
Watch until you are comfortable leading one of our free 6:30 p.m. Online SBCC Meetups, then start a new Socrates Cafe with your employees, customers, members, students or neighbors, with or without our help. Seating is limited so please rsvp, and call if you want to suggest a topic. Call (303)861-1447.
WHAT IS A SOCRATES CAFE? It is a casual and fun way to learn from experience, and life is too short to just learn from our own experience. .
Everyone is welcome. Whatever your background, we'd be very interested in hearing your thoughts. We have some highly educated people who attend regularly along with carpenters, painters, homemakers, barbers, etc etc.
Our first Socrates Cafe meeting in Denver, Colorado was inspired by Chris Phillips' book called Socrates Café, and Chris has been a continuing source of inspiration for us, he's visited us here in Denver several times.
By a coincidence that first Socrates Cafe was pre-scheduled for the Friday after 9/11. Generally, we stay away from current news events or politics, but those attending at each meeting can decide to talk about anything they want. Sometimes the facilitator brings a topic, and suggestions are taken.
What all meetings have in common is that we search for truth by our own lights.
Most of us are interested in reading, but we don't usually talk about what's said in books unless the thoughts have become incorporated into our own thinking. Same with any religious affiliation. We each inform our own thinking, then we share those thoughts, and we listen and question others as they share their thoughts.
What Chris Phillips says about Socrates Cafe:
"Civil conversation isn’t enough. Formulating the right questions isn’t enough.
"What the world needs now on all sorts of levels is inquiry – methodical, egalitarian, inclusive, impassioned, unsettling, exhilarating.
"Inquiry-driven by curiosity, by a sense that the more perspectives the better.
"Inquiry that leads to the surprising, the novel, the unfamiliar — that opens portals to new possibilities to who we might be as individuals and as a society.
"Inquiry that is based on the premise that people of all ages and walks of life count and that those often left out tend to be the most uncommonly perceptive when given the opportunity.
"Inquiry that emphatically includes and values the wisdom ways of our children and youth, who have a vital and central role to play if our societies are really going to become all they can be, and deserve rights to participation and self-determination.
"Inquiry that taps into our childlike questioning lenses. Inquiry connects us, makes us feel we’re in this together.
"That as a matter of course leads us to discover the glaring gaps and contradictions (when they exist) between what we say and what we do, and what open societies profess and what they actually practice — and that inspires us to bring our promise more and more into practice.
"Inquiry that is the furthest thing from argument and debate — that is all about exploration, about discovering uncommon common ground, that leads us to realize, in a sort of epiphany or series of epiphanies, that we need each other, that whether we have multiple doctorate degrees or have never set foot in the hallowed halls of formal institutions of learning, we each have unique experiences, perspectives, stores of wisdom from which we all could benefit.
"Socratic inquiry. Or to be more precise: A version of Socratic inquiry that recognizes there are no neat divides betwe en the individual self and the societal self, between our inner cosmos and outer cosmos.
"The Greeks of old knew this and tapped into it in a way that led, during their Golden Days, when democracy flourished in the polis, and in the agoras — the public places and spaces of the polis, or city-state.
"Inquiry that challenges the ‘common sense wisdom’ of the day, and scrutinizes whether it’s really all that wise.
"That recognizes that we humans have it within us to cultivate a democratic self — an open and connected self, a childlike self, curious, inquisitive, constructively skeptical, with a keen social conscience, autonomous, a work in progress."
Chris Phillips, author of the book "Socrates Cafe."