ABOUT A NIGHT OF BETTER CONVERSATION
Our lives are so often filled with superficial talk, from office chitchat to commentaries on last night's television. How can we have conversations that inspire us to think in new ways, that stimulate our curiosity and that prompt us to say things we've never said before?
Join us at this cocktail-styled event where you will enjoy rich and memorable conversations about things that really matter in life, inspired by the ideas of great thinkers and philosophers.
The night will be broken into theory and practice. You will begin by learning a specific technique for better conversation and then invited to practice the technique with other people. A Night of Better Conversation is a chance to engage with minds moulded by forces different to our own, and to go beyond our comfort zone by taking risks in what we are willing to share.
ABOUT THE THEME
Talking politics has always been a no-no in polite society. Are we still capable of having conversations about the state of the world that don’t end up with people shouting at each other from fiercely-guarded viewpoints? Surely it wouldn’t hurt to try.
We’ll be considering what makes for a healthy society. Is there such a thing as good nationalism? Should governments be inspirational or pessimistic? Should economics be driven by ethics, rather than profit? What would the perfect government look like? How can we make our society great… again?
ABOUT SPECIAL EVENTS
Special events are unique experiences designed to explore themes in greater depth, outside of the classroom. Often in collaboration with cultural partners, leading writers, economists, historians, philosophers, psychologists, artists and other thinkers, special events offer provocation, inspiration and consolation in the form of advice for living better. Session formats will vary depending on the subject.
Image: By Volkan Olmez.