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Socratic Conversation: Re-designing New York City

        Your life in New York City will be effected by the new Mayoral administration. Here's your chance to have your say. What are your ideas for helping all of us to live together more happily, healthfully, safely, and enjoyably?

        The Talking Transition project has invited us to discuss our future. Such conversations have been taking place online, in the streets, at libraries throughout the city, and in a big white tent thrown up at Canal Street and Varick after the election.

        Mayor-Elect de Blasio has shown keen interest in the ideas coming out of these conversation, saying: "If you give people a chance to offer their ideas, you'll find an extraordinary number of New Yorkers who have positive, productive ideas."

        To continue that discussion on the Teachers College campus, we invite YOUR thoughts, ideas, and suggestions:

        What changes would you like to see in the area of city living of most interest to you?....e.g., our streets, parks, schools and colleges, healthcare, local businesses, housing, immigrant integration, environment, law enforcement, rules, regulations, and priorities for spending public funds?

        Output from our Conversation will be displayed afterwards at the Gottesman Libraries to stimulate on-going discussion on campus, and will be transmitted to the transitions' team.

        Suggested Readings (optional): If Mayors Ruled the World, by Benjamin Barber; Happy City, by Charles Montgomery; Who’s Your City? and/or The Flight of the Creative Class, by Richard Florida.

        Socrates spent his life talking with his fellow Athenians about how to make their city a better place to lead a good life. He and his friends came to the agora every day, to discuss how to improve their city, and their own lives.

        *The project is not a part of the de Blasio administration, but is an initiative of a group of foundations led by George Soros' Open Society Program.

        Where: Second Floor

        Next conversation: Thursday, 1/23, Topic TBA

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        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.

        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. They are part of a year long series of Socratic Conversations hosted by the Gottesman Libraries.
         
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        Individuals with disabilities are invited to request reasonable accommodations including, but not limited to sign language interpretation, Braille or large print materials, and a campus map of accessible features. Address these requests to the Office of Access and Services for Individuals with Disabilities at (212) 678-3689, keller@tc.edu, or Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services at (212) 678-3853 V/TTY, rgf2104@tc.columbia.edu.


        • Jennifer Govan
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