“Conversation is a meeting of minds with different memories and habits. When minds meet they dont just exchange facts; They transform them, reshape them, draw different conclusions from them, engage in new trains of thought. Conversation doesn’t just reshuffle the cards, it creates new cards.”
— Theodore Zeldin, An Intimate History of Humanity
My wife and I have started another attempt at fostering regular creative conversations in our community . One Thousand Blank White Cards and Bad Art Night were mainly niche ideas and did not have a sustainable draw (or at least I did not have the promotional chutzpah to sell them properly.) This time we’re going at it a little more mainstream, but it’s still rewarding and fun.
My wife and I got the idea from our failed book club (did I tell you we were starters?). We could never decide on a book to read and nobody actually read before the discussion sessions anyway. So we decided to ditch the book, keep the discussion and dictate the topic to everybody else. Then the invitees could self-select and do whatever reading they cared to do to prepare for the conversation. Walla! Second Thought!
This is the third month so far. The first two were a rousing success. Here’s the blurb we send out at the end of each monthly invitation:
“How Second Thought Works
Second Thought is a conversational salon held on the second Saturday of each month. Each month’s conversation has a different topic. We cycle each quarter through three themes — issues, spirit, and fun.
Think about the theme and come prepared to express your thoughts. We don’t care how you prepare — review a book, scan the news, pen a poem, paint a picture, say a prayer, tell a story — just as long as you prepare something to share. Each person will have a chance to share uninterrupted for up to five minutes before the conversation opens up.
There are very few rules for this conversation. Courtesy is paramount. Participation is a must. Come prepared to change only one mind — your own.”
This month’s topic is the “Fun” topic — Summer Fun in Houston. More on that topic later.