[draft - posted 2 December, 2019]
Jeannette has received suggestions as to the (for wont of a better description) “guidelines” for future presentations, as follows:
- that all suggested offerings, either by those wishing to share a topic, or to invite a guest speaker, be first run by you (Jeannette) or Kate, for approval, otherwise we may became swamped by conspiracy theories and new age healing modalities.
- This Jeannette could do from overseas.
- These topics need to be booked in a month in advance.
- The Declaration of Human Rights that Kate started –we only covered 9 out of the 33 in that one meeting. We could easily spend another 3 or 4 weeks on the topic. Those present were really engaged in the discussion. It could be interspersed throughout the months.
- Celia did not make rules about money but relied on the good will of attendees but I suggest a small sign saying ‘Minimum $5 Donation for Rent’. This is the method I use in events I have had in the past. It also gives room for people to give more.
- Some leeway to allow spontaneity of discussion — which can result in people talking over one another (in a good way). Spontaneity can lift the energy and generate greater insights, ah-hahs, etc. At all times, the presenter can guide with “one at a time please”. Or for those who missed something important, ask the speaker to repeat, “Could you say that again please I did not hear what you just said?” Usually someone else says, “I didn’t hear it either”.
- a preference for Marvel Hall. With nature outside the window. And no other people using the building, it’s quiet (at least until the Ballet people come in noisily at 3.15–3.30pm).
- If money becomes a problem we could look for a free space.
Some additional points (by Stephen)
Krishnamurti with David Bohm (on the right)
I think some awareness of Bohm Dialogue, or “world-cafe” style of processes would be beneficial. In that contributions are to be couched within the context of the goal of the presenter, or facilitator.
Also, some exposition of how and/or why the presentation will be of use, and of value to those attending. Practical examples of benefits to wellbeing, knowledge and behaviours would be a key element. That is, a question by those attending, such as, “as I go about my day, how are these ideas going to help me, in my work, relationships?” should be able to be clearly articulated by the presenter.