• Join Hmmm and The Human Love Project for Authentic Relating Games

    Philadelphia Ethical Society

    Hmmm…is all about curiosity, and the Human Love Project is a curious exploration of what is possible in the realm of Human Love. Authentic Relating Games is a profound and beautiful process designed to create affinity and human connection. Are you a person who loves getting real with people? Do you ever get bored of small talk? Do you have a million facebook friends, but still get lonely sometimes? Do you miss the lost art of deep human connection? In Authentic Relating Games we put the phones away and experience the exquisite magic of being PRESENT with other human beings. To get a better idea of what it's about, read this article in The Atlantic: https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2017/11/the-club-where-you-bare-your-soul-to-strangers/545786/ Join us on Sunday! You can register on the Human Love Project page here: https://www.meetup.com/Human-Love-Project/events/248670090/

  • Let's Explore Ideas...

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    What makes you go "hmmm..."? Seen any great TED talks or movies lately? Maybe you read an amazing book or article? Does something have your imagination buzzing or your creative juices flowing? Tell us about something interesting that has made you think, inspired your curiosity, or engaged your sense of wonder recently. Give us a glimpse into your curious brain, and enjoy the diverse, fascinating topics offered by the other folks in the room. (P.S. if you don't want to share, no problem! You are welcome to just watch and enjoy). A few quick notes: • Please keep your topic relatively short (about 5-10 mins) • It's casual! Talks should be conversational in nature, not highly rehearsed lectures or speeches. • Share something that is relatively new to you, something you recently learned, or something you are genuinely curious about.

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  • A Gathering of Curious Minds

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    What are you most passionate about in life? Are you a person who feels it is important to pursue your dreams, or do you prefer a simple life of stable predictability? What about in the domain of work? Are you satisfied with what you do, or do you aspire for more? Dr. Amy Wrzesniewski, Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior at Yale University’s School of Management, distinguishes between three different work orientations: 1) We relate to our work is a JOB, in which case the motivation is a paycheck (or some other compensation); we see work as a chore or necessity; we expect very little from it (other than money or other compensation), and what we look forward to is our lunch break, TGIF, our next vacation, or retirement. 2) We relate to our work as a CAREER, in which case our motivation is advancement; we see our work like a race or a game we are trying to win; our expectation for our work (besides compensation) is prestige, power, or recognition; and what we look forward to is our next promotion. 3) We relate to our work as a CALLING, in which case our motivation for our work is the work itself (i.e. our work is what psychologists call a “self-concordant goal”); we see work as our passion, a privilege, or a meaningful purpose; our expectation of our work is fulfillment, or a better world; and what we look forward to with our work is more work. Which of these best describes your predominant relationship to your work? Note: there is no black and white here – you may move back and forth between different orientations; or you may find that aspects of your work feel like a “job” even though you feel – for the most part – that you are engaged in your calling. Are there people in the world you know - or have heard about - who have dream jobs, and are passionately driven by a calling? Who are they? Are you one of them? If you are not currently jazzed about your work, are you okay with that? Is it enough to have other areas of your life that you enjoy, or do you aspire for more? Do you have hobbies that you are passionate about? Is that enough? Or is there a “side hustle” you are working to develop? If you could make anything happen, would you keep things as they are, or would you create something bigger? What are some things that might really light you up? Use your imagination, and don’t censor yourself – some ideas may be within your reach, while others may be so fanciful that you can’t even imagine how they could ever come true. (One of my dreams is to be a Jedi Knight, but who in this galaxy is hiring?). For an added conversation piece when we meet, go to this U-Penn website (https://www.authentichappiness.sas.upenn.edu/user/login?destination=node/627), search the “Questionnaires” for the “Work-Life” survey and take it. (This is optional but you might find it useful). We look forward to exploring with you! David and Jennifer Hmmm Meetup Co-Organizers

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  • A Gathering of Curious Minds

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    Hmmm...Playground for Curious Minds is a diverse community of interesting people who gather to discuss ideas. A warm thanks to those who joined us for the very first Gathering of Curious Minds last week. It was an extraordinary group of people and the discussion was lively. Let's do it again! Based on your feedback, we will adjust the format to focus on the best parts of the first meetup: lively conversation and authentic dialogue. Like the first meetup, we will get to know one another in unusual ways, try some experiments, explore topics, and see what new insights we can discover together. Sound fun? Join us for an evening of creative cross-pollination. For this meetup, we will kick off the discussion by inviting you to briefly explore the following hypothetical scenario: A benevolent billionaire has taken note of your insatiable spirit of curiosity and offers you a renewing grant of $1M per year, with the condition that each year you must conduct a curious exploration of a different topic or field of interest. At the end of each year, you will gather with other grant recipients to collaborate and compare notes. What are some of the topics you would explore? What questions would you seek to answer? Who would you talk to? What questions might you ask? Join us in the Playground! If you were at the first meetup, we look forward to seeing you again. If not, we look forward to meeting you at this one. We are delighted to have you as part of the community. p.s. After the meetup, we invite you to continue the conversation with your new friends at a nearby restaurant (optional of course, but this part was really fun last time!).

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  • A Gathering of Curious Minds

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    The most successful and interesting people are the ones who are always curious, always looking for new things to learn. When you were a kid, did you ask 500 questions a day? And is that kid still alive in you, curious about everything you see? Let’s get together in the Curious Playground and explore. For the inaugural event of the Hmmm-Meetup, we will get to know one another in unusual ways, try some experiments, explore some ideas, and inquire into the curious adventures we might create together as this group evolves. As an ice breaker, come prepared to answer the following: if you could hang out with any person or group in history, who would it be, and why? Examples could include: Steven Jobs as he created Apple; Leonardo da Vinci in the height of his creativity; Ghandi as he drove the British out of India; the founding fathers as they drafted the Declaration of Independence; Socrates and Plato in the Forum of ancient Greece; Marco Polo in his travels; The Beatles with the Maharishi in India; Shelly, Byron, and the Romantic Poets; Thomas Edison as he invented the lightbulb, etc. Could be anyone - let your imagination run wild! We’ll end our event at 8:30 - but if you are interested, join your fellow Hmmm-anitarians to continue the conversation over a quick bite and a drink - lots of great restaurants in the area.

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