At our Meetup group, hosted by Ethical Culture Society of Northern Virginia, it has been my previledge to participate in a small group evening discussion group meeting at Café Amouri (Penny University), located downtown Vienna, opposite the Vienna Train Station Park. Café Amouri is a small place, very small in fact, but their coffee is I think famous beyond Vienna, VA.
We meet typically once or twice a month. Typically attended by members who are "thoughtful" and enjoys intellectual conversation, in a friendly, and tolerant environment.
Name calling, anger, and other negative emotions are not tolerated, and rightly so. The Group Discussion leader, tells the group, ahead of time, that if anyone engages in "name calling, anger, or intolerant remarks" will be asked to leave the meeting.
But amazingly, after almost a year of participation, we never experienced any such "negative stuff".
Typically 10 to 25 participants show up. few with their spouses or partners.
Here is my slideshare presentation inspired by a recent meetup event, discussing a subtopic of "What is Wisdom ?" with discussion leader, Randy Best, Executive Director of NOVES.ORG in Vienna, VA.
Utopia plus ethical culture 21st Century Plus Quality Life Styles
(What is Wisdom ?)