What we're about
From the time of ancient ancestors, we have distinguished ourselves by our consciousness within communities, use of tools, and interest in big questions about the cosmos and our lives within it. Even as the means, knowledge, and desire to celebrate life have grown, the big questions persist.
Answering these questions has become more difficult because of exponential increases in knowledge: in the visual, musical, and physical arts, the physical, biological, and psychological sciences, as well as in technology, political economy, and the historical sciences. And we face big challenges to survive as a species…
Answers can be slow in coming, but we know at least this: openness to learning from each other is key to getting at them.
The purpose of The Bend Big Picture Book Club is to explore big questions, celebrate life, and have fun with friends old and new.
BOOK CLUB CAVEAT… You DO NOT have to read the book to participate… Most important books are summarized in online videos or short articles. And for each topic, we’ll provide at least 1 summarizing video link and spend time summarizing the topic content as a group during the meeting.
Topic of the Month (TotM) meetings focus on books/topics/questions of significant scope, impact, or interest. Our TotM meetings objective is to Go Big and Go Broad, to cover as many different types of Big Picture topics as we can.
Big Picture Event (BPE) meetings are organized around unique events that happen from time to time. Lectures, movies, plays, music are all in play for these sorts of meetings. The 2017 Solar Eclipse was on our calendar as a BPE. (https://www.meetup.com/The-Bend-Big-Picture-Book-Club/events/236763233/)
My Personal Passion (MPP) meetings are planned and led by members with desire to share interest and learning with others about their passion. MPPs provide an opportunity for sharing and learning more about that completely familiar or weirdly strange thing you’re into... :-)
The Bend Big Picture Book Club is purposed to stimulate conversation about topics that trigger more Awe, Openness, and Connection in our lives...
We look forward to you joining us for discussion, refreshment, and connection!