Cynicism – The British Disease (24/06/2009 meetup)
Join us on wednesday June 24th 6.30pm.
This will be a meetup followed by food and drink at EnlightenNext. We are planning to meet at EnlightenNext who are hosting this meeting with us. and food will be available after the meeting. The entry will be free but we will have to pay for food and any drinks.
We will try to take a light-hearted but also serious look at British Cynicism and ask if it is the British disease that stops a “can do” attitude to life or is it a necessary attitude to create a sense of reality.
Chris Parish will start the meeting off by explaining why he and his colleagues suggested it and why he thinks it is an important topic to discuss. Chris will set the scene for us. He directs the London Centre of EnlightenNext, the organization dedicated to supporting the development of Andrew Cohen’s teaching work. EnlightenNext has a positive attitude to what they do and looks at the evolutionary potential that really does have the power to change our world from the inside out and create a new foundation for our collective culture.
For the positive school we have,
Dr Ilona Boniwell is the programme leader for the first Masters Degree in Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP), the first postgraduate degree in positive psychology in Europe. Ilona is the author of Positive Psychology in a Nutshell (2006, PWBC). She founded the European Network of Positive Psychology (ENPP), and is currently the member of its steering committee. Furthermore, she organised the first European Congress of Positive Psychology (June 2002, Winchester) and is the vice-chair of the newly created International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA). In addition to her academic work, Ilona is also interested in practical applications of positive psychology to education, business and one-to-one helping-by-talking practices. She is a qualified coach and a facilitator of educational programmes.
The skeptics if not indeed the cynics are championed by
Richard Wilson lives in London. He is the author of “Titanic Express”, published in 2006 and the Icon book, “Don’t Get Fooled Again”, which came out in September 2008. He is also involved with the “Sceptics In The Pub” organisation! “Don’t Get Fooled Again” offers practical tools for cutting through the claptrap and unravelling the spin – tackling propaganda, the psychology of deception, pseudo-news, bogus science, the weird cult of ‘Aids reappraisal’, numerous conspiracy theories (including the one about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq), and much more. It is a defence of scepticism at a time when questioning is always needed. Cynicism is not the same but also has a role to play.
This meetup is being sponsored by EnlightenNext.
To register for this meeting http://www.meetup.com/21stCenturyNetwork/calendar/9965948/