I have mostly seen "youth group" used in the context of "Christian youth group" and while your circumstances may be very different, I would advise exercising some caution around whether this will be seen as corrupting the youth. There is a difference between "believes things near the current frontier of progressiveness" and "is genuinely open-minded about things beyond the current frontier of progressiveness." This difference can and will bite you if you mistake one for the other.

I think they're more on the frontier of progressiveness. It's a jewish youth group, and the seminar is for all of the young adults involved in running the movement (we mainly run camps and activities for kids).

I thought it could be interesting to subtly challenge the whole being on the frontier thing and make them aware that it makes more sense to become open minded about things beyond the frontier.

There's no risk of corrupting the youth since we're not involving the kids we run stuff for in this seminar.

Tips on talking about Polyamory

by ChaosHufflepuff 1 min read18th Sep 20185 comments


In a few weeks, I'm going to be running a 45 minute session for a small group of people on polyamory. Things to note before I get into the main body of this post:

1. I may possibly end up identifying as poly, but I have never been in a relationship and as an ace/aro person it is not something that I dwell on often. But as it stands now, I am not poly (as far as my personal experience indicates).

2. The group of people are generally quite socially progressive, and will probably be open-minded on the topic

So for a youth group seminar, I was asked to run a 45 minute session, and I thought it would be interesting to base it on polyamory. Originally I was thinking of using polyamory as a concept with which to introduce the idea of steelmanning, but this group is (for the most part) entirely unfamiliar with rationality or rationalist thinking methods, and the person coordinating the seminar thought that it would be better to leave out rationalist stuff for now, since it's not a topic of immediate interest to the group, and they will be choosing between my session and a few others.

I have a pile of reading to do before I plan this session (thanks to the Bayesian Conspiracy podcast's polyamory episode(s) link lists), but I thought it would be good to check in here and see if anyone had anything to suggest or share that would help with discussing a topic like this.

I haven't yet decided how I will format the session. It could be anything from me talking for a while to an interactive discussion.

I know I've left this quite general and open (which was intentional, since I'm looking for anything and everything people may have as input).