What we're about

This group is dedicated to promoting peaceful discussion about difficult topics. Our goal is to increase mutual understanding even on topics where no agreement can be found. Let's exit our bubbles and echo chambers and engage respectfully with each other! Our first principle will be to assume that those who disagree with us have honorable intentions, and we will grant each other the dignity due to them as human beings.

For this movement I have borrowed an old american term, the "chautauqua". This is was a common facet of the late 19th and early 20th century social life. The basic concept is that we will host meetings about difficult topics, sometimes with guest speakers beginning the conversation, other times without. Our goal is to create a replicable model that anyone can use to host a chautauqua anywhere.

Upcoming events (3)

Any truth to conspiracty theories?

Online event

Is there any truth to conspiracy theories? From the 9–11 conspiracy, to the moon landing hoax, to JFK's assassination, not to mention the Roswell cover-up... what's the truth behind all this nonsense. Or is it nonsense? This is an online event: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/79204405014 Meeting ID:[masked] Password: boo ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ RESPECT We ask that no one interrupts another while they are speaking. Also, to keep any individual from dominating the group, speaking time for each person will be limited to about a minute. HOW TO FIND US: When we're not in the midst of a pandemic, we normally meet at Hospital café at WakeMed North {10000 Falls of Neuse Rd.} which is at Falls of Neuse & Durant Road. Park by the 3 high-flying flags; the café is right by the flags, just inside the doors. (see photo). However, due to the coronavirus, we will be meeting online. FOOD: When we meet at the hospital cafe, they serve hot cafeteria food (at low prices) and salads at the hospital café. I may be arriving a little early to eat, since we’re using their space. Feel free to join me. However, since we're online, feel free to chomp away at your computer. Me –– I'll have a cup of coffee.

Should we socialize healthcare?

WakeMed North Hospital Cafe

Should we have socialized healthcare? Should you pay for my health costs? Can we relate our country to other countries? It seems any solution is a poor one. Let's discuss viewpoints, options, and ideas. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ RESPECT We ask that no one interrupts another while they are speaking. Also, to keep any individual from dominating the group, speaking time for each person will be limited to about a minute. HOW TO FIND US: We meet at Hospital café at WakeMed North {10000 Falls of Neuse Rd.} which is at Falls of Neuse & Durant Road. Park by the 3 high-flying flags; the café is right by the flags, just inside the doors. (see photo) FOOD: They serve hot cafeteria food (at low prices) and salads at the hospital café. I may be arriving a little early to eat, since we’re using their space. Feel free to join me.

The ‘haves’ and the ‘have-nots'

WakeMed North Hospital Cafe

The ‘haves’ and the ‘have-nots' Every society since the beginning of time has had those who have, and those who have not. The haves want to keep what they have earned (or... what they have), and they have nots want from the haves. Seems this is human nature. How does a society deal with this? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ RESPECT We ask that no one interrupts another while they are speaking. Also, to keep any individual from dominating the group, speaking time for each person will be limited to about a minute. HOW TO FIND US: We meet at Hospital café at WakeMed North {10000 Falls of Neuse Rd.} which is at Falls of Neuse & Durant Road. Park by the 3 high-flying flags; the café is right by the flags, just inside the doors. (see photo) FOOD: They serve hot cafeteria food (at low prices) and salads at the hospital café. I may be arriving a little early to eat, since we’re using their space. Feel free to join me.

Past events (61)

What does the government owe us?

Online event

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