I ponder a lot about community and how important local community is for the functioning of society; many are the riches brought from afar by long distance communication. Nonetheless, local rationality meetups can increase local metis by generating intelligent community. I read in Isaacson’s biography of Benjamin Franklin how he (Franklin) employed his Junto to advance scientific knowledge, civil society, and business; there are some great examples there. But the Wikipedia page will do well enough for an overview.
What I have done here is taken the Junto discussion questions of Franklin's club and reformulated them to serve as a model for the types of questions we can be asking each other to keep advancing community and local knowledge.
- Have you read anything useful or insightful recently? Particularly in technology, history, literature, science, or other fields of knowledge?
- What problems have you been thinking about recently?
- Has there been any worthwhile or important local news?
- Have any businesses failed lately, and do you know anything about the cause?
- Have any businesses recently risen in success, how so?
- Do you know of anyone, who has recently done something interesting, praiseworthy or worthy of imitation? Or who has made a mistake we should be warned against and avoid?
- Have you been doing anything recently to increase your psychological and physical health?
- Is there any person whose acquaintance you want, and which someone in the group can procure for you?
- Do you think of anything at present by which the group could easily do something useful?
- Do you know of any deserving younger person, for whom it lies in the power of the group to encourage and help advance in his career?
- Do you see anything amiss in the present customs or proceedings of the group, which might be amended?
Thanks for this list! I'm thinking about ways I might knit these into casual conversation.