What we're about

World Culture Club brings people together to learn together.

At our events we hope to explore our different cultures, discuss life's big questions, and make new friends - through language exchange, reading and writing, food, nature, and arts. Anything involving human connection and imagination. We are all students and teachers to one another!

This group started on Meetup in 2006. As its organizer - a writer formerly based in New York City - started to move around the world, it has been to over 28 countries. It re-starts in each new country it visits. Grab the events when the club is in town!

Upcoming events (3)

(Virtual event) Read Together / Book and Ideas—Because Internet

(Online Discussion) Read Together / Book and Ideas—Because Internet: Understanding the New Rules of Language by Gretchen McCulloch How has internet use and our online communication changed our language? Does that in turn effect how we see the world or each other? Let's talk. 📌 About the book: 🏆 ➤ AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!! ➤ Named a Best Book of 2019 by TIME, Amazon, and The Washington Post ➤ A Wired Must-Read Book of Summer "It's the perfect book for understanding how the internet is changing the English language, why that's a good thing, and what our online interactions reveal about who we are." (Amazon.com) 📌 From the critics: ✦ “... I began to marvel at the flexibility of the online language she describes, with its numerous shades of subtlety.” —The New York Times ✦ “Rather than obsessing about what the internet is doing to language, [Because Internet] largely focuses on what can be learned about language from the internet. . . . McCulloch's book is about the birth of a new medium.” —The Economist -------------------- 📌 Some quotes from the book: ✦ “Like how money is just squiggles on paper or on a screen until it determines whether you can eat lunch, words are just meat twitches until they determine whether you can get a job -- or whether someone will even deign to tell you where the shoe section is." ✦ “It’s not an accident that Twitter, where you’re encouraged to follow people you don’t already know, has given rise to more linguistic innovation (not to mention memes and social movements) than Facebook, where you primarily friend people you already know offline.” -------------------- 📌 More resources: ✦ Author Interview (NPR / 7 mins) Our Language Is Evolving, 'Because Internet' https://www.npr.org/2019/07/31/747020219/our-language-is-evolving-because-internet -------------------- 📌 How to join: RSVP to view the meeting Link. -------------------- ▶ Kat is a traveling writer and teacher formerly based in New York. Her meetups have been to over 28 countries. Check out one of her book discussions in London: https://www.meetup.com/meetup-group-OoLDRYJK/events/263615725/

(Online) Book Talk—The Most Human Human: What Artificial Intelligence Teaches Us

(Online) Book Discussion—The Most Human Human: What Artificial Intelligence Teaches Us About Being Alive by Brian Christian 🍀 This is a difficult time for us all—across the world and in every community. I'm hoping that more conversations and discussions— though we have to do it online—may be helpful when we seek to cope and work through the crisis. -------------------- This discussion is for anyone interested in the subject of the target book to share views as well as listen to one another. We'll use various discussion formats to make the talk more interesting. It's also a great opportunity to meet people and learn more about the book. You don't have to finish the book to join. Read it in any language, and we'll discuss it in English. -------------------- 📌 From the critics: ✦ “Fast-paced, witty, and thoroughly winning. . . . This fabulous book demonstrates that we are capable of experiencing and sharing far deeper thoughts than even the best computers—and that too often we fail to achieve the highest level of humanness.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review) ✦ A philosophical joyride connecting the thoughts of Aristotle with David Brent. . . . The day that a machine creates work of such wit and originality, we should all be very worried.” —The Times (London) -------------------- 📌 A quote from the book: ✦ “When I fight off a disease bent on my cellular destruction, when I marvelously distribute energy and collect waste with astonishing alacrity even in my most seemingly fatigued moments, when I slip on ice and gyrate crazily but do not fall, when I unconsciously counter-steer my way into a sharp bicycle turn, taking advantage of physics I do not understand using a technique I am not even aware of using, when I somehow catch the dropped oranges before I know I've dropped them, when my wounds heal in my ignorance, I realize how much bigger I am than I think I am. And how much more important, nine times out of ten, those lower-level processes are to my overall well-being than the higher-level ones that tend to be the ones getting me bent out of shape or making me feel disappointed or proud.” -------------------- 📌 Author interview: ✦ How the "Most Human Human" passed the Turing Test (Quartz / 5 mins) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFIW8KphZo0 -------------------- 📌 How to join: RSVP to view the meeting link. ▶ Kat is a traveling writer and teacher formerly based in New York City. Her meetups have been to over 28 countries. Check out one of her past book discussions in London: https://www.meetup.com/meetup-group-OoLDRYJK/events/263615725/

(Virtual Event) Best of 2019—Non-fiction: The Age of Surveillance Capitalism

(Virtual Event) Book & Ideas / Best of 2019 Series No. 5—Non-fiction: 👁️ The Age of Surveillance Capitalism by Shoshana Zuboff Our book and ideas discussion is for anyone interested in the subject of the target book to share views as well as listen to one another. We'll use various discussion formats and even games to make the talk more interesting. It's also a great opportunity to meet people and learn more about the book. You don't have to finish the book to join. Read it in any language, and we'll discuss it in English. 📌 In light of the need for "social distancing" at this time, we're going virtual! Let's keep the social connection and discourse going. -------------------- In the era of data-mining from every click we make online and on our phone, and of 24/7 surveillance by CCTV in every store and street corner, what's being collected and how is the data used? And In the context of the current Coronavirus pandemic, are all bets off now as the governments seek to track and control movements and information? Let's talk! -------------------- 📌 About the book: 🏆 ➤ An International Bestseller ➤ A New York Times Notable Book of the Year ➤ A Financial Times Best Book of the Year ➤ A Sunday Times (UK) Best Business Book of the Year ➤ Selected by Barack Obama, Zadie Smith (in the Wall Street Journal), Jia Tolentino (in the New Yorker), Elif Shafak (in the Guardian), and Ana Botin (in Bloomberg) as one of the best books of 2019 ➤ Finalist for the Financial Times/McKinsey Best Book of the Year Award "The challenges to humanity posed by the digital future, the first detailed examination of the unprecedented form of power called 'surveillance capitalism,' and the quest by powerful corporations to predict and control our behavior." (Amazon.com) Author: Shoshana Zuboff is a professor at Harvard Business and Law school. -------------------- 📌 From the critics: ✦ “... Extraordinarily intelligent... A business model that seeks growth by cataloging our 'every move, emotion, utterance and desire' is too radical to be taken for granted.” ―New York Times ✦ “Many adjectives could be used to describe Shoshana Zuboff's latest book: groundbreaking, magisterial, alarming, alarmist, preposterous. One will do: unmissable...” ―Financial Times -------------------- 📌 Some quotes from the book: ✦ “Surveillance capitalism unilaterally claims human experience as free raw material for translation into behavioral data.” ✦ “It is no longer enough to automate information flows about us; the goal now is to automate us.” ✦ “Our dependency... disposes us to rationalize the situation in resigned cynicism, created excuses that operate like defense mechanisms ('I have nothing to hide'), or find other ways to stick our heads in the sand, choosing ignorance out of frustration and helplessness. -------------------- 📌 Author interview: ✦ Age of Surveillance Capitalism: “We Thought We Were Searching Google, But Google Was Searching Us” (Democracy Now / 16 mins) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vo6K-bPh39M -------------------- 📌 How to join: We're using Zoom app's video meeting this time. Please try to log into Zoom app and join the group with the link by 11:55 am: Link: https://zoomtw.zoom.us/j/524499270 If you're new to Zoom app, you may want to set things up 30 mins before the meet. -------------------- ▶ All our events are conducted in English ▶ Kat is a traveling writer and teacher formerly based in New York City. Her meetups have been to over 28 countries. Grab one when it's in town! Check out one of her past book discussions in London: https://www.meetup.com/meetup-group-OoLDRYJK/events/263615725/ ▶ This event will be held in conjunction with New York Cat English Workshop in Taipei: https://www.meetup.com/meetup-group-newyorkcatenglishworkshop/events/268853077/ As well as joined by Couchsurfers in various countries. Join us!

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