The mission of Philosophy Dinners is to create community through the initiation of meaningful discussions
in cities around the world.
The idea behind Philosophy Dinners is pretty simple. It's about creating a safe
space for fun and engaging, meaningful discussions among strangers in a local
restaurant. So you might be asking, how does Philosophy Dinners incorporate philosophy into
events, and how are these events coordinated? I will start by addressing the
Of course, many people have different ideas on what philosophy is. Socrates is
famous for saying: "the unexamined life is not worth living", and so in contrast to
some of the more theoretical philosophy groups out there our events are
designed to be practical; to encourage the examining
of why we do things, how we can use philosophical ideas and concepts to be
happier and more wise in our lives because let's face it, life is short. So our
events are not about analysing theories; they are about putting them into
practice. These events are also about discussing how we can become more
self-aware of our thoughts and actions. This is why our events do not require any formal
philosophical background since the only prerequisite is being an open-minded
human being who is intrigued by the concept of sharing insights with others.
Keeping all of this in mind, our events still involve having a
structure, and we
have one volunteer discussion facilitator for each table of 6 people (with some
events have multiple tables of 6). I also spend a lot of time unpacking the
topics from different angles and perspectives which are derived from famous
philosophers, and I synthesize these ideas into subtopics and thought-provoking
questions for the facilitators. In my experience, thought-provoking questions
are one of the key ingredients to sharing insights among strangers.
As a facilitator myself, I enjoy having these questions available to me at the
events, which I print off in advance, so I can spend my time enjoying the
conversations and being a part of them instead of having to come up with these
thought-provoking questions on the spot. So theoretically I can have as many
glasses of wine as I like still sound clever. ;)
I coordinate these events in 44 cities around the world from my home base in
Vancouver (I moved to Vancouver on Nov 1st). I book the restaurant reservations, coordinate the volunteers, manage
the Meetup sites, create the notes, and answer emails from the 6,000+ members in
these 44 groups. (Yes, this is one of the reasons why there is a
small fee involved
in attending these events). Now, you may find the idea of this unconventional but it
actually works really well mainly because the activities at our events are
essentially not designed to revolve around me, nor are they designed to revolve
around any other single individual with more expertise than anyone else. That's because once again our events
are about sharing insights where everyone's
input is equally valued, and so with the help of the facilitators and the notes
I provide, this has been working out very well.
One of the reasons why I think the sharing of insights works so well at these
events is because each of us have pieces of wisdom to share on these topics
which are kind of like pieces of a puzzle when fit together help provide us with
inspiration and motivation on how we can approach the challenges of our lives
from a fresh perspective.
I always encourage people who are interested or curious about this group to check
out the feedback from our members,
statistics and links to all of the
Philosophy Dinners Meetup groups which are located around the world. In
these Meetup sites you can also see the actual events which have taken place,
the comments and the topics have been discussed. I'm always happy to hear when other new friendships are
created in other cities as a result of these events.
Please take a look at my home page if
you're interested in seeing some of my other projects of which I'm involved in
Thank you for being part of this ongoing experiment!
Founder, Facilitator, and Event Coordinator
Philosophy Dinners calopia
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