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Friday, May 06, 2005

Socrates Cafe

So I think we are going to start these at the Lee Road store, and I just emailed Julie to ask her if she wanted to also do them at Lakewood. What a cool way to develop genuine dialogue and communication between people. I heard about it on NPR. The Society for Philosophical Inquiry, founded by author Chris Phillips and his wife, provides a guide for facilitating these discussions. It sounds ambitious but important. Anyone interested in facilitating one of these discussions? Read the guidelines posted on the website.


Blogger Jeff Hess said...

Shalom Sarah,

The Cleveland Heights Socrates Cafe has been meeting since October '02. We used to meet at Arabica/Varietals, but moved a few months ago to Nighttown. We meet the second Tuesday of the month (the next one is this coming Tuesday) from 7:30 to 9:30. We’d love to have you join us.

There's nothing, of course, that says Cleveland Heights isn't big enough for a lot of these.

I'm sending you a copy of the most recent announcement.



4:47 AM, May 07, 2005  
Blogger steveg said...

Ask Jack Ricchuito about Socrates Cafes. I believe there used to be one that met somewhere in Tremont a couple of years ago.

6:25 AM, May 07, 2005  
Blogger Christine said...

Last year at the Shaker Heights Library a colleague and I put together a series where we invited people of the most visible political persuasions (i.e., democrats, republicans, greens, libertarians, etc.) to discuss the important election issues with community members. It went well, I thought - people didn't fight. It's always more civilized when you're face to face, I think. Here are two more sites I used to help formulate the plan:

Let's Talk America
Conversation Cafe

I'd like to try and do something like that in my new library, but I don't think there *are* any Democrats around here :(

2:28 PM, May 08, 2005  

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