Past Meetup

Guiding Thought-Provoking Discussions: Topics, Tactics, and Techniques

This Meetup is past

19 people went

Philadelphia Ethical Society

1906 Rittenhouse Square · Philadelphia, PA

How to find us

South-west corner of Rittenhouse Square, second building west of 19th Street has “Ethical Society” above the arched entrance. Go up the stairs to the small conference room on the second floor.

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Join us for our first orientation, information and training event for anyone interested in leading discussions at Greater Philadelphia Thinking Society Meetups. To better serve the expanding membership of the Greater Philadelphia Thinking Society, we are increasing the number of discussion group Meetups and adding new discussion leaders.

We invite all who are even remotely interested in leading a discussion or having an interesting conversation to join us at this session. We are seeking new discussion leaders of all backgrounds. There is no need to be an expert or an authority on any topic you might want to lead; it’s more important that you are passionate about sharing ideas and learning from others.

Come to share your ideas for future discussion topics, whether or not you have experience as a discussion leader. Some of our most experienced leaders will be there to discuss what works and what doesn't at GPTS Meetups - tips on everything from picking topics to preparing materials to facilitation skills. Contribute your ideas and opinions too, based on your experience as a participant or a leader in discussion groups.

Meetup Agenda:

• Orientation

• Selecting Discussion Topics

• Leading a Meetup Discussion

• Preparing a Meetup Announcement

• Administration

In preparation for this orientation and training session, we suggest you think about what topics or questions you would like to discuss. During the training, we’ll be asking you to suggest topics you would like to lead, as well as those you would like attend if others lead them. Browse the list of previous topics at our Meetup group website to get ideas. If you have time, take a look at this web page, too, for a preview of what’s involved in serving as a GPTS discussion leader:

We will be using a quiet room on the second floor of the Philadelphia Ethical Society building that we are also considering for some of our regular Saturday morning Meetups. The building on Rittenhouse Square is the home of the Ethical Humanist Society of Philadelphia. (All Sunday Meetups will continue at Starbucks.)

If you cannot make it to this event, no need to worry. We plan to repeat training sessions periodically based on your interest and our need for new leaders. RSVPs are required. If you find you are unable to attend after making a reservation, please cancel at least 48 hours before this Meetup to give someone else a change to take your place.