In 2014, several independent discussion groups in the greater New York City area begin using IF’s discussion reports or guides for some of their meetings. While these groups are not sponsored by or otherwise affiliated with the Interactivity Foundation, we are thankful that they are using our discussion guides and appreciate IF’s collaborative approach to civic discussions that openly explore contrasting possibilities for public policy.
Below we have listed 3 New York City discussion groups that have begun using our discussion guides, together with brief descriptions provided by representatives of each group.
Conversations New York (http://www.conversationsnewyork.com) is a voluntary organization devoted to encouraging more and better conversations throughout the City–anywhere, anytime, and open to anyone. CNY’s moderators and partners are pleased to offer New Yorkers the opportunity for meaningful civic discourse and strengthened participation in our democracy using IF’s discussion materials. For a listing of designated IF conversations in the New York City area, go to CNY’s events calendar at http://conversationsnewyork.com/calendar-of-conversations/. For more information on CNY, contact Ron Gross at [email protected].
Constitution Cafe of Queens (http://www.meetup.com/Constitution-Cafe-of-Queens) The Constitution Cafe of Queens engages in what we call a “constitutional thought experiment” where discussion takes place about various aspects of the United States Constitution, the principles it is based upon, how it has been and could be interpreted, and whether amendments might improve the document. We practice imaginative reasonableness, careful listening, and equal recognition to scrutinize a variety of proposals, inviting compelling objection and alternatives. Description provided by Dr. Thomas Stevens. For more information, contact [email protected].
NYC Politics: A Public Policy & Political Discussion Group (http://www.meetup.com/NYC-Politics). NYC Politics is one of the fastest-growing, nonpartisan, all-inclusive public policy discussion groups. Our aim is to welcome all New Yorkers to gather and exchange their passionate views on various public policy matters, notwithstanding one’s political ideologies. To meet this objective, we aim to enhance the public discourse by promoting civil discussions in a friendly environment. Description provided by Thomas Kim. For more information, contact [email protected].