From the ancient Greek symposia to Gertrude Stein's famous Paris gatherings, salons have always been the incubators of provocative-at times even dangerous-ideas: the frontiers of cultural change. People who might elsewhere have been socially ostracized were included in salons, welcomed for their wit, intelligence, charm, and insight. And passionate conversation often led to passionate action.
Such dynamic and spirited discussions. Participants at last year’s four salons were extremely forthcoming and candid in their discussions and sharing. These two-hour conversations were held onsite during regular program breaks at several of our national conferences. Comments from attendees include:
“A comfortable platform to challenge established notions.”
“High level discussion that stimulated candor and willingness to speak in an unfiltered way.”
“Intriguing, forward thinking and beyond any standard boundaries.”
“You pushed me off the precipice and into action.”