A Night of Better Conversation | Relationships
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? A Night of Better Conversation has been designed to help us enjoy rich and memorable conversations about things that really matter in life, inspired by the ideas of great thinkers and philosophers. A Night of Better Conversation is an interactive and social evening that's split in to equal parts facilitated and presented content and group conversation. Participants will be encouraged to meet and converse with as many different people as they can to explore and interact a diverse range of ideas and ways of thinking.
ABOUT DR TIM DEAN
Tim Dean is a philosopher and science writer. He has a PhD from the University of New South Wales on evolution and morality, and has an interest in ethics, the philosophy of biology, philosophy of science and moral psychology. He is an Honorary Associate in the Philosophy department at the University of Sydney. In 2015 he won the Australasian Association of Philosophy Media Professionals' Award for his writing on philosophy in New Philosopher, Acuity Magazine, Cosmos, ABC's The Drum and on Channel 10's The Project.
Few things promise us greater happiness than our relationships - yet few things more reliably deliver misery and frustration. Our error is to suppose that we are born knowing how to love and that managing a relationship might therefore be intuitive and easy.
In this wide-ranging and thought provoking night of conversation, we will uncover the key issues of relationships, challenge our assumptions, practice self-awareness and understand why we fight and argue with those we love most.
Drawing on the work of leading thinkers, artists and writers, we'll reshape our attitudes on relationships. We'll be saying things we've never said before and asking ourselves (and each other) some big questions.
18.30 Door Opens & Drinks
19.00 Welcome & Introduction
19.30 Technique 1 & conversation
20.00 Technique 2 & conversation
20.30 Technique 3 & conversation
21.00 Event Concludes & Permission to Speak Freely
'Ultimately the bond of all companionship, whether in marriage or in friendship, is conversation.'
– Oscar Wilde