Socratic Conversation: Feeding Your Flame, with Ron Gross, Thursday, 1/23, 4-5:15pm

Thursday, 1/23, 4-5:15pm


Socrates traditionally gathered his friends around a blazing outdoor campfire at the beginning of the Athenian New Year, opened a couple of bottles of wine, and presented five of his famous Questions to stir their thinking and renew their energies. Let's gather to follow in the footsteps of the Gadfly, by discussing where we've been this year, where we are now, and what we want to move towards in the months ahead. Voicing your own answers will strengthen your resolve -- and hearing the answers of others will widen your awareness of possibilities for yourself. Come and share your thoughts on these Five Questions of Socrates:
  • What accomplishments from 2013 do you want to celebrate?
  • These could be breakthroughs, things you said or did, new behaviors or thoughts. By celebrating what was good about the year, we honor our efforts and those who helped us along the way.
  • What's an important lesson you learned in the past?
  • This is a way to make sense of our struggles, frustrations, anguish. Let's capture and share some of our life-learnings.
  • What are you grateful for?
  • Gratitude increases our awareness of the resources available to us, at any moment.
  • What do you most want for the coming year?
  • You'll be invited to pick a theme for the year, if you like, as in "The Year of ..." Let's set our intention for what we want to manifest, a major target for the arrows we will launch throughout the year.
  • What commitment are you ready to make?
  • To get what we want often requires removing obstacles and moving into new territory. What is in the way that you are ready to give up? It might be being right or doing it alone. When you commit, the whole world opens up. Not always in the way you expect, your commitment opens doors.
If we meet here one year from today, what would you most like to report about what happened in your life from now until then? Please join us to re-focus on what really matters for the New Year! Bring your own energy -- and you'll leave with more from others! Together we'll nurture the seeds for the best 2014 you could possibly have. Where: Second Floor Next conversation: Thursday, 2/20, Topic TBA -- Socratic conversations this year are part of the project entitled Design and Education: Dialogues on Design Thinking, which includes online video discussion and seminars on designing for the future of libraries and learning spaces. Inspired by Socrates' famous conversations with his friends in the marketplace of 5th century Athens, we engage in spirited discussions of ideas and issues. Socratic conversations range broadly and probe deeply into the basic challenges of life. They are informed by the latest literature for reference and follow up. While building a sense of community on campus, these meetings enliven the intellectual atmosphere and model dialogue and discussion as modes of inquiry. They are part of a year long series of Socratic Conversations hosted by the Gottesman Libraries. These highly-participatory conversations with fellow students are moderated by Ronald Gross, author of Socrates' Way and Co-chair of the University Seminar on Innovation in Education.

Last Updated: 7:43 am, Friday, Dec 20 , 2013