What we're about


Are you a lifelong learner? Are you thrilled by the "light bulb" moments. Did you choose your own adventure novels as a child? Did you go back and sift through all the possible outcomes?

"Manhattan Lectures & Conversations" (MLC) is a group of growth minded volunteers looking for engaging conversations and lectures. The vision is to connect people with a love for learning, old and young, singles and couples, boroughs and islanders alike, in a way that fosters both community and growth.

NYC has some of the greatest minds on earth coursing through it on a daily basis, so let's take advantage of that fact and get our learn on!

Additionally, we will have coffee and discussion after each lecture for those who are interested.



About "Conversations New York"


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.

Our Mission:

1. Encourage and support interesting and important conversations among New Yorkers at the grass-roots level,

2. Establish simple, affordable, and sustainable infrastructure to foster such conversations throughout the city year-round.

3. Add to the worldwide image of New York as a metropolis where culture and intellect thrive among the people.

4. Maintain conversations with a human face by discussing topics in-person.

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Join our network:

"NYC Socrates Cafe" (http://www.meetup.com/NYCSocratesCafe)

"NYC Myers Briggs Pesonality Typing Meetup" (http://www.meetup.com/MBTIxMeetup)

"TED Talk Meetup NYC" (http://www.meetup.com/TEDxMeetup)

"Conversations New York" (http://www.meetup.com/Conversations-New-York)

"Applied Psychology NYC" (http://www.meetup.com/psychology-NYC)

Upcoming events (5+)

Pay It Forward - Volunteers Needed - Game Night at Project Renewal (Host: Bekah)

https://youtu.be/se42JgbH3IY Host: Bekah, City Grace Church. Meetup at "Project Renewal" on 8 East Third St (between 2nd Ave & Bowery) at 7 PM. 7 PM- Game Night begins, and snacks are passed out 8:45 PM - Wrap up of the games and conversations "The Missional Community seeks to share the light of Christ's presence with the community. We serve each week at Project Renewal on 8 East 3rd St/Bowery (by playing board games or talking with people at Project Renewal). All are welcome." Project Renewal http://www.projectrenewal.org/ https://youtu.be/oOXndktdFAw

Discover your hidden obstacles? (Host: ADI)

27 E 28th St

Please note that signing up for this meetup will not guarantee you an entry. You should register on the below website. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/discover-your-hidden-obstacles-tickets-54277395150 We are typically on a daily default routine and this event gives you an opportunity to take a step back and reflect on how close you are to living the life of your dreams vs your default routine. This meetup is a first in a series of 10 meetups to help you discover what is holding you back or what you can do more to live the life of your dreams. Over the 10 meetups as you discover what is holding you back, you will take new actions to create the life of your dreams. Transformational events like these typically cost couple hundreds to thousands of dollars to attend but my mission is to take away the financial barrier so every individual irrespective of their background can taste the fruits of success.

Stoicism & Thinking, Fast and Slow

60 Wall Street Atrium

We will be presenting an overview of the philosophy of Stoicism, and an overview of the book, Thinking, Fast and Slow, followed by attempting to think about Stoicism in terms of the concepts of System 1 and System 2 in Thinking, Fast and Slow. After the presentations, we will break up into smaller groups to discuss the topic in greater depth. The central thesis of Thinking, Fast and Slow is that We have two fundamentally dissimilar systems in us: a dichotomy between two modes of thought: "System 1" is fast, instinctive and emotional; "System 2" is slower, more deliberative, and more logical. The book describes and documents various consequences of having this “split personality”, and suggests several to dos how how best to use both our systems. Here is a good summary of the book from Wikipedia to get you oriented: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thinking,_Fast_and_Slow Here is a video of Kahneman talking about System 1 and System 2: https://youtu.be/CjVQJdIrDJ0 Thinking, Fast and Slow by Nobel Laureate Daniel Kahneman establishes a powerful vocabulary in psychology based on scientific research that will help you to think better about yourself, your work, your relationships and culture in general. I would be delighted if you would read the book with us so that we can all build a common psychological terminology together, so that we can discuss psychology in depth. We will be joined by 20+ conversationalists from other groups.

Conversation: How can we better discern a good person from a fake? (Host: Yen)

Benjamin Franklin once wrote: “Who is wise? He that learns from everyone. Who is powerful? He that governs his passions. Who is rich? He that is content. Who is that? Nobody. A truly wise person would refuse to accept that conclusion.” Practically, how can we better discern who is a 'good' person from a fake? By...? Food-for-Thought Only: What do others look for? What do you look for? How do you define "good" person? How do we know if someone is trustworthy? How do we know someone's values? How do we know if someone won't abuse their power or discretion over us? How do we know someone's motives or intent? How do we know if someone will follow through with what they say? How do you know if someone is lying? Are our rules valid or not valid? What are the limits to these rules? Under what circumstances or factors are our rules valid or not? How are "conflicts of interests" managed? How is self-deception a factor? How is our self-image a factor? What rules can we apply? Which rules are universal? Purpose: Greet old friends, meet new ones, and share lessons learned. Proposed Agenda 6PM - Introductions (1 min. each) 6:15 - Open Discussion. 8PM - Formal end. Feel free to continue the conversation with the good people you've met at a nearby cafe. Suggestions • Listen to understand. (You don't necessarily have to agree.) • Make one point at a time and allow others to respond. Speak from personal experience. • Listen for the underlying values, priorities, and assumptions. Look for new insights. Note – Manhattan Lectures & Conversations (MLC) neither screens participants, nor supervises or controls MLC meetings, and we have no special relationship with the individuals who participate in programs listed in our calendars. Therefore, please exercise good judgment when attending events. Note particularly that these events are NOT a forum for dating, for employees or independent contractors to introduce, promote, or sell goods and/or services, for organizing social/political action such as demonstrations, rallies, or partisan political campaigns, or for any unlawful activity. The community's intent is to avoid conflicts of interest. All participants are responsible maintaining an environment conducive to conversation and friendship: All participants are: - expected to honor each other's stated boundaries. Boundaries must be reasonable. People, relationships, and boundaries may not be used as weapons; - expected to respect each other's privacy. Participants are not obligated to provide information or answer any questions against their will; - encouraged to share only information they feel comfortable with sharing; - expected to maintain confidentiality and not reshare personal information without prior permission from the owner; - responsible for resolving their own disputes as private individuals and will not involve others, not in their personal disputes; - responsible for walking away from a meetup where the Event Host or moderator is unable to maintain an environment conducive to conversation and with no intent to re-assemble again on that day; - in agreement to accept full responsibility for their respective decisions and actions; - expected to "do no harm" above all when taking action or when not taking action; - in agreement with the above by participating in MLC meetups. About the Moderator: Yen is a parent and a manager returning to the NYC area. ******* The community manager at WeWork 12 E 49th St will email you shortly with additional instructions. Please schedule your Meetup and set WeWork 12 E 49th St (Room 5C) as your location and January 3, 2019, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM as your reserved time.

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