conversation is an engine

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Philosophers don’t pack heat. Right?

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On Preparing for Ignite Minneapolis

outcome not yet determined

The unrelenting movement—every 15 seconds a slide changes—makes speaking at Ignite Minneapolis more a verbal dance than a straight-out talk. I’ve compressed four voluminous thinkers (Martin Buber, Emmanuel Levinas, JL Austin and Wayne Booth) into pairs of 10 second sound bites. If the audience includes philosophers packing heat, I may not make it out alive. Practice, practice, practice. And more practice. And then practice lots, lots more. It’s the only thing that begins to still the nerves.

I remind myself of the dream: to see if anyone will bite on my notion that ordinary conversations can be turned into insight-producing engines. All it takes is four steps to tune our thinking—but I’ll wait until after I present to spill the beans on “How to HACK a Conversation for Insight.” It’s the message I’m excited about presenting. Very, very swiftly.


Image Credit: Zohar Lazar via 2headedsnake

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  1. I am not aware of any philosophers who pack heat. I think they use their intellectual arguments as their main arsenal, but it’s not an insignificant question on your part! 🙂 You’ll do great at Ignite Minneapolis. Also, love the idea of conversations turning into ‘insight-producing engines.’ Great phrase!


    May 23, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    • Thanks for the vote of confidence!


      May 23, 2012 at 3:26 pm

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