7:00 pm – 8:30 pm in the Community Room, Lower Level
What can we do together to improve our world despite differences that we may have? How can we find common ground and work together productively (and peacefully), even though we may totally disagree politically or ideologically? Join us on the first Thursday of each month* as Mike Travisano & Joe Brtalik facilitate deep discussion and dialogue employing communication techniques that provide a space for differing opinions to be heard safely, honorably, and respectfully. Each month a topic will be provided, but the conversation will largely be led by attendees. Our discussions will focus on how we can learn from each other in order to find common ground and positively impact the world around us. Space is limited. Registration begins May 1. (*This meetup will be on hiatus in July & August.)
May 30 Topic: Authenticity
For our last session before we break for the summer, we want to talk about authenticity. Saving the world depends on our ability to be real with each other, but what we often see in the world around us are people playing roles (republican, democrat, conservative, free-thinker, environmentalist, intellectual, etc.) or withdrawing from conversations when they get tough - right when we need to remain engaged the most.
What does it mean to “be real”? How does this manifest in ourselves and others?
Maybe you disagree… we’d like to hear why.
We’d also like to give some thought as to where you’d like this Meetup to go. We have some ideas that we think would be beneficial as we focus on ’Saving the World’, but we’d like to hear from you as well.
Joe and Mike will be facilitating this meetup using simplified models to help us wrap our minds around some very complex ideas.
Meet the Discussion Leaders:
Joe Brtalik - Originally from Long Island, New York, Joe attended the Catholic Seminary before serving as a Communications Specialist in the Navy and then working in Executive Leadership for Electronic Data Systems (EDS). Joe received his Organization Leadership and Development training under Peter Senge and Fred Kofman at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and built a consulting practice which led transformational change and leadership development initiatives throughout the country at such organizations as IBM, General Motors, and Johnson & Johnson. Additionally, Joe has been a successful restaurateur (with his two sons), written articles for multiple publications on the topics of leadership, groups, and teams, and participated in the Institute for the Healing of Racism. Joe lives with his wife near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and has three children and seven grandchildren.
Mike Travisano - Mike grew up in central Pennsylvania and received his B.S. and M.B.A. from Penn State University. He started his career in technology and business in Boston, and eventually moved back to central Pennsylvania, where in addition to working with IBM, he partnered with Joe Brtalik delivering organizational development training. Recently, Mike completed a four-year mission as an officer for the United Nations’ International Fund for Agricultural Development in Rome, Italy, whose goal is to eradicate rural poverty and hunger. Additionally, Mike had the pleasure to work with alanwatts.org on their project to collect, curate, and summarize the late philosopher's recorded lectures on topics such as Zen, Taoism, communications, and technology. Mike is also performing musician and composer and has released two albums of solo piano music as well as solo compositions for guitar. Mike lives near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania with his wife, son, and funny little dog.