What we're about

The Manchester Salon is inspired by the Battle of Ideas and a desire to bring some of the weekend festival of ideas to Manchester - at least between the annual Battle of Ideas festival.

The Salon organises discussions that move from problematic or tricky topics in current affairs one month, through morally difficult subjects of scientific research the next, followed by unpicking the tensions between the Arts and demands by Policy wonks. There's no interesting subject the Manchester Salon won't consider.

The aim is to capture the essence and nuances of the intellectual and moral problems facing society, challenge modern prejudices and debate solutions. With as many views as there are participants, discussions are often ongoing and carry on more informally in the bar afterwards.

The Salon discussions are fairly informal. Usually a couple of speakers introduce their take on a subject of contemporary importance, and then the debate is opened to the audience. A chair, moderates the debate to ensure that as many people as possible have the opportunity to speak, and that all those niggling questions and differences of opinion itching to get out are indeed drawn out, taken seriously and responded to where possible.

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A small charge is made in order to cover the cost of room hire and any speakers' travel expenses, managed through advance ticketing which also helps plan capacity at the discussion venue.

Upcoming events (4+)

First Tuesday discussion on current affairs

Online event

FIRST TUESDAY News Review on 3 November

The First Tuesday discussions on current affairs aim to provide participants with a way of developing and testing our understanding of a range of current affairs topics.

The topics selected for discussion this month are:

* Covid passports
* Reaction to the Sewell report

Venue and Time

Trying an online meeting through Zoom (https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88588723491) to see how that would work for this discussion (start logging on from 6:50pm). No Passcode, but a waiting room.

Zoom info

A few things to think about in advance
· Which device to use? Zoom can be used on PCs, laptops, tablets (apple or android) and phones. For this type of meeting probably best to use a pc or laptop and to have it sitting on a firm surface so that the webcam doesn’t move around
· Lighting. You’d probably want plenty of light on your face, but ideally not too specific. In other words, not a lamp directly at you like you're being interrogated, unless that's the only option. Plenty of ambient light, or be close to a window. (This event is during the day so likely it won’t be a problem).
· Your backdrop. Something that’s not too distracting and that is fairly easy on the eye will be ideal.
· Camera position - if you can get it so the camera is at eye level, that helps. For example, putting a laptop on to a couple of thick books could raise it up. Also avoiding being either too close up to the screen or too far away will be ideal. When you sign in, it’s worth just having a look and checking.
· Looking into the webcam –speakers say it was strange not knowing if people are looking at you when speaking. You should assume that participants are looking at you so do look into the webcam!
· Test microphone – it’s worth checking that your microphone is working and thinking about where you position yourself so it best picks up your voice
· Test audio - headphones / speakers - for the sound coming in, then worth checking before starting that audio is working on your device. Using headphones rather than speakers will cut out the potential for feedback

Email questions about the process to [masked] - it's new to me too (Simon).

First Tuesday discussion on current affairs

Online event

FIRST TUESDAY News Review on 3 November

The First Tuesday discussions on current affairs aim to provide participants with a way of developing and testing our understanding of a range of current affairs topics.

The topics selected for discussion this month are:

* Covid passports
* Reaction to the Sewell report

Venue and Time

Trying an online meeting through Zoom (https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88588723491) to see how that would work for this discussion (start logging on from 6:50pm). No Passcode, but a waiting room.

Zoom info

A few things to think about in advance
· Which device to use? Zoom can be used on PCs, laptops, tablets (apple or android) and phones. For this type of meeting probably best to use a pc or laptop and to have it sitting on a firm surface so that the webcam doesn’t move around
· Lighting. You’d probably want plenty of light on your face, but ideally not too specific. In other words, not a lamp directly at you like you're being interrogated, unless that's the only option. Plenty of ambient light, or be close to a window. (This event is during the day so likely it won’t be a problem).
· Your backdrop. Something that’s not too distracting and that is fairly easy on the eye will be ideal.
· Camera position - if you can get it so the camera is at eye level, that helps. For example, putting a laptop on to a couple of thick books could raise it up. Also avoiding being either too close up to the screen or too far away will be ideal. When you sign in, it’s worth just having a look and checking.
· Looking into the webcam –speakers say it was strange not knowing if people are looking at you when speaking. You should assume that participants are looking at you so do look into the webcam!
· Test microphone – it’s worth checking that your microphone is working and thinking about where you position yourself so it best picks up your voice
· Test audio - headphones / speakers - for the sound coming in, then worth checking before starting that audio is working on your device. Using headphones rather than speakers will cut out the potential for feedback

Email questions about the process to [masked] - it's new to me too (Simon).

First Tuesday discussion on current affairs

Online event

FIRST TUESDAY News Review on 3 November

The First Tuesday discussions on current affairs aim to provide participants with a way of developing and testing our understanding of a range of current affairs topics.

The topics selected for discussion this month are:

* Covid passports
* Reaction to the Sewell report

Venue and Time

Trying an online meeting through Zoom (https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88588723491) to see how that would work for this discussion (start logging on from 6:50pm). No Passcode, but a waiting room.

Zoom info

A few things to think about in advance
· Which device to use? Zoom can be used on PCs, laptops, tablets (apple or android) and phones. For this type of meeting probably best to use a pc or laptop and to have it sitting on a firm surface so that the webcam doesn’t move around
· Lighting. You’d probably want plenty of light on your face, but ideally not too specific. In other words, not a lamp directly at you like you're being interrogated, unless that's the only option. Plenty of ambient light, or be close to a window. (This event is during the day so likely it won’t be a problem).
· Your backdrop. Something that’s not too distracting and that is fairly easy on the eye will be ideal.
· Camera position - if you can get it so the camera is at eye level, that helps. For example, putting a laptop on to a couple of thick books could raise it up. Also avoiding being either too close up to the screen or too far away will be ideal. When you sign in, it’s worth just having a look and checking.
· Looking into the webcam –speakers say it was strange not knowing if people are looking at you when speaking. You should assume that participants are looking at you so do look into the webcam!
· Test microphone – it’s worth checking that your microphone is working and thinking about where you position yourself so it best picks up your voice
· Test audio - headphones / speakers - for the sound coming in, then worth checking before starting that audio is working on your device. Using headphones rather than speakers will cut out the potential for feedback

Email questions about the process to [masked] - it's new to me too (Simon).

First Tuesday discussion on current affairs

Online event

FIRST TUESDAY News Review on 3 November

The First Tuesday discussions on current affairs aim to provide participants with a way of developing and testing our understanding of a range of current affairs topics.

The topics selected for discussion this month are:

* Covid passports
* Reaction to the Sewell report

Venue and Time

Trying an online meeting through Zoom (https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88588723491) to see how that would work for this discussion (start logging on from 6:50pm). No Passcode, but a waiting room.

Zoom info

A few things to think about in advance
· Which device to use? Zoom can be used on PCs, laptops, tablets (apple or android) and phones. For this type of meeting probably best to use a pc or laptop and to have it sitting on a firm surface so that the webcam doesn’t move around
· Lighting. You’d probably want plenty of light on your face, but ideally not too specific. In other words, not a lamp directly at you like you're being interrogated, unless that's the only option. Plenty of ambient light, or be close to a window. (This event is during the day so likely it won’t be a problem).
· Your backdrop. Something that’s not too distracting and that is fairly easy on the eye will be ideal.
· Camera position - if you can get it so the camera is at eye level, that helps. For example, putting a laptop on to a couple of thick books could raise it up. Also avoiding being either too close up to the screen or too far away will be ideal. When you sign in, it’s worth just having a look and checking.
· Looking into the webcam –speakers say it was strange not knowing if people are looking at you when speaking. You should assume that participants are looking at you so do look into the webcam!
· Test microphone – it’s worth checking that your microphone is working and thinking about where you position yourself so it best picks up your voice
· Test audio - headphones / speakers - for the sound coming in, then worth checking before starting that audio is working on your device. Using headphones rather than speakers will cut out the potential for feedback

Email questions about the process to [masked] - it's new to me too (Simon).

Past events (59)

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