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NEW: St Petersburg "Salon" Discussion Group MeetUp--Theme: THE POWER OF POPULISM

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  • You're invited to RSVP for a new monthly Saint Petersburg "Salon" Discussion Group MeetUp hosted by Avrio and Dave. The first will be held on Saturday, December 10, 2016 at 6 pm

    The theme for this "Salon" Discussion Group MeetUp is THE POWER OF POPULISM.

    This is a theme that explores the rise of political movements that seem to defy the traditional systems. For instance…

    > What are ways that private citizens can have their concerns addressed?

    > Is the rise of nationalist language dangerous or it is just people being upset?

    > Does your vote count?


    There will be a second series of salons at Panera in addition to the ones Gabrielle hosts at her house. They will usually be held on Friday evenings at 6 but the December meeting will be on a Saturday.

    NEW TOPICS: The topics for the Panera meetings will come from 2 bi-monthly magazines. In December we will use the theme from Foreign Affairs magazine. In January we will use the theme from The American Interest. We will alternate using these two sources. You may want to subscribe but if not, check the websites to see the titles of the articles.

    THE POWER OF POPULISM was published before the recent election was completed and deals with global populist trends. DUE TO THE NATURE OF THIS TOPIC, WE WILL ALLOW SOME POLITICAL DISCUSSION BUT NOT DIVISIVE OR POLARIZING CONVERSATION.

    You can start RSVPing for this MeetUp event on Monday, November 28 at 7 pm.

    This MeetUp will be held at Panera Bread,[masked]th St N, St. Petersburg, FL 33704 in the community room. We are required to make a certain level of purchases, but this should not keep you from coming if that does not work for you. This is a limited-seating event, so an RSVP is required--please don't just show up. Thank you!


    Note: If you RSVP to attend, then realize you cannot make it, that's not a problem. However, please be considerate and return to this MeetUp page and cancel your reservation so that another group member can attend in your place since this is a limited-seating event. Thank you!



    What we'll be doing at this event:

    We'll be discussing and debating questions we each bring based on the theme for that night’s event.

    Before you arrive, please think of one thought-provoking, conversation-triggering question to bring to the discussion group that is in keeping with the theme for that night. Avoid the ”obvious” question-there always is one—and avoid something that will elicit a simple yes or no or some kind of personal affiliation such as political party. (You will be provided a pen and paper to write it down on when you arrive.)

    Feel free to explore philosophy, science, human nature, technology, psychology, ethics, etc., associated with that theme. (Often, the simplest questions can provoke the most interesting debates.)

    When you arrive, you'll be given a pen and paper to write your one question on--anonymously. We'll then put all of these questions into a jar and draw them out one by one and discuss them.

    RSVPs are limited to facilitate a good discussion. You are allowed to bring one guest. RSVPs are taken on a first come, first serve basis.

    IMPORTANT: There is a waitlist, so if you realize you cannot make it, please cancel your reservation on this MeetUp page so someone else may go in your place.

    The discussion generally lasts about two hours.

    If you've got questions, please let us know.

    We look forward to seeing you all--and enjoying a lively, thought-provoking and fun discussion. Thank you for being a part of this MeetUp group!



    There has been some confusion about how the MeetUp waitlist feature works. Here is what happens:

    When the RSVPs are all full, you can add yourself to the waitlist. When someone cancels their RSVP, a waitlisted member is automatically RSVP'd in the order in which they added themselves to the waitlist.

    If you are on the waitlist as a 1+ (you and a guest), you have to wait until 2 people cancel their RSVP to be automatically RSVP'd no matter where you are in the waitlist.

    If you add yourself to the waitlist, you MUST enable notifications from MeetUp--then READ your notifications. This is the only way you're going to find out if MeetUp moved you from the waitlist to the RSVP list due to a cancellation. There have been problems in the past with waitlisted members being no-shows because they didn't realize they had been moved to the RSVP list. And that has left empty seats that other members could have filled. If you realize you cannot make it to the event, please remove yourself from the waitlist so that someone else can go in your place.

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  • Jennifer P.

    So, we can't sign up until the 28th? Correct? Looking forward to these.

    November 14

    • Gabrielle

      Yes, you can start RSVPing for the event on November 28 at 7 pm. We try to pick a date that's about two weeks ahead of the MeetUp at a set time so that everyone has an equal chance of signing up.

      November 14

  • Amy

    I'm in!

    2 · November 6

    • Gabrielle

      Sweet! So glad, Amy -- it will be so great to see you!

      November 6

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  • markmatthe­ws1

    Recovering Attorney, currently homeschooling dad of two. Soldier, historian, philosopher.

  • Gabrielle

    I'm a health journalist from NYC who lives in beautiful St. Petersburg with my husband. We used... more

  • Douglas

    I'm a guitar instructor who lives in St. Petersburg.

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