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How to end 2016 happy, despite Trump, Brexit and everything else
Mon 5 December 2016, 19:00 – 21:00 GMT
They think it's all over. But there's still time to turn things to our advantage, and make the world a better place before 2016 ends.
Who is this for?
This lively, interactive session is for anybody who feels glum about the events of 2016. Anybody worried that the bad guys are taking over, or that the UK isn't a welcoming place any more.
What is it?
It's NOT a debate about Trump, or Brexit. It IS a chance to think about how, individually, we respond to events and circumstances seemingly beyond our control - what those do to us, how we can catch ourselves, and maybe try responding slightly differently.
This will be the first-ever Meetup for Citizens of Nowhere, and it's the only one I'm planning for 2016 - more next year, on all kinds of themes, all of them practical and I hope also entertaining.
The thing is, I do really believe that we're better off working together to overcome the things that are a pain in the bum, regardless of our background, or voting preferences. I really do believe that the people we dislike, even strongly dislike, can teach us something useful about ourselves, so in the long run we don't need to dislike them at all (which is nice). And I believe that diversity is a good and useful thing, not just a worthy slogan, because if everybody was the same we'd truly be tonked.
So: if diversity is a good thing then get over here, Donald, and let me give you a big hug. You too, Nige. And you, whoever you are, you are heartily welcome, whether you voted this way or that way, the more the merrier.
The two-hour session will be interactive, with opportunities for everybody who comes along to reflect on their own thinking - on paper, in conversation with somebody else, and even with the group as a whole. All interaction is strictly voluntary, of course.
The session is built around ideas drawn from my training as a coach, a journalist, and a theatrical performer (more about that here). I'll be inviting you to notice your own thinking, and find ways to change it - with potentially world-changing effect.
This is the first Meetup of our group, Citizens of Nowhere, so this feedback is drawn from similar events and conversations elsewhere:
“Amazing. We thought you would be quite good but had no idea how good. The exercises were a great way for people to engage with each other, and taught us a lot about ourselves” – Google Creative Labs
“The overall feedback is really high… ‘I genuinely think I’ll remember these lessons for the rest of my career,’ said one” – Accenture
"Wonderful learning and life-changing outcomes. 100% brilliant and often entertaining too. Thank you!" - Chrissy
"Helped me to find the strength to have important conversations, and make change happen in my life. It was also a lot of fun!" - Beatriz