NYC Spirited Dialogue
This is the group for New Yorkers who dig the idea of sitting around in a casual setting, with a glass of wine and some smelly cheese - talking about hot policy topics without getting hot under the collar.
It's an open group, so feel free to sign on - and hear about future Spirited Dialogues, post your ideas on SDs past, present and future.
The never-ending primary campaign may come to a crashing halt on Super Duper/Tsunami Tuesday, February 5 - to be followed by a never-ending presidential campaign.
Amidst the debating, pandering, fundrasing and baby-kissing - from the corn fields of Iowa to the golf greens of Florida, Spirited Dialogue pauses to ask:
Is this anyway to choose a nominee?
Scott Weinsteing hosts, and Rick Brownell kicks off a discussion on the high-intensity primary season this year to see if we're looking at democracy in action or democracy in distortion.
Talk begins at 7pm and ends at 8pm. Please join us at 6:30 for a glass of wine (don't be shy about bringing a bottle along) and plan to linger after 8 for good conversation with choice peeps.
Space is limited to 20 guests. Please RSVP so we know you're coming and so we can send you the location.
The head of Nokia, one of the richest guys in the world, sends his kid to the local public school.
What's up with that?
Join us as we talk about why it is the world's richest nation (ours) still has some pretty crummy public schools. Is it low funding, low expectations, an over-powerful teachers' union or poor parenting that's to blame? What are our best choices to improve our schools?
Bill Brazell will kick off the discussion, taking Finland as foil - and seeing if it leads us to any answers.