Privacy is something we respect, but that doesn't mean we can't inspect the concept as well. This tension may make for a particularly suitable topic, for the simple fact that privacy is afforded by the "veil of abstraction" that is the philosopher's special tool. As privacy is the art of ignoring details that are not one's business while continuing to engage in society, so philosophy might be considered to be the art of discarding particulars while continuing to engage in public discourse.
For this meeting, then, it seems it would be foolish to ask participants to tell a personal story about something private, for to tell why privacy mattered to you in a particular instance might reveal what it was that you were wanting to hide. And this makes privacy something like a "first principle": your right to privacy cannot depend on what you are shielding.
Rather than recall instances of information sharing and hiding, we instead will create that experience, using a game. The game pieces will be invented secrets that won't be about you, for the simple reason that they will be randomly assigned to each of us. Each made-up secret will be on a white 3x5 index card, which you can bring to meeting, or write them down at the start of the meeting on cards that I will provide, or you can email them to me in advance. I will collect all the cards in a big deck and shuffle them before dealing 5 to each player, face-down, of course. So feel free to be scandalous (yet tasteful–I mean, people will be eating!) I'm still working on the details, but believe me, it will be interesting, fun, and probably funny as well;-)
Out of this shared experience is bound to flow a good discussion, out of which we will generate an "exit question" that everyone can expound upon for the close.
So bring an open mind and five or more fictional secrets–an assortment of embarrassing, depressing, unflattering, troubling, and gloating would be nice–to Au Coquelet on March 13. Since we are starting by playing a game together, it would be helpful for everyone to get settled in by 7 p.m.