Speakers are encouraged to present to the group a question from their speciality that they would like views help in resolving about 4-6 weeks before they make a short presentation on the subject.

Ideas, suggested solutions and caveats are emailed back and forth many times between the presenter and the group. This is the most PRODUCTIVE period for new ideas! Another benefit of the e mail correspondence is that members come to the meeting not only up to speed, but ACTIVELY involved in the discussions

We feel that it is really important that the speaker/questioner gets value in return for speaking to us.

A quarter of our members live abroad. They contribute to the discussion by email and Skype from England, Canada, Australia, Belgium, Italy and the Ukraine


We have enjoyed 45 meetings in the last 6 years. At the meetings the speakers have a 15-30 min presentation, followed by discussion on both the presentation, the Question, and topics raised by the email correspondence.

Meetings are every 4-6 weeks in a member,s office in the West End of Glasgow. We meet around a large table so that all can easily contribute. The meetings start at 6pm and finish at 7pm prompt, so that the rest of the our and their evening is free. Unlike a conventional lecture we come to this up to speed and more involved in the topic.

The reason I started this was because I was loosely endeavouring to copy the 18th century London and Edinburgh coffee house meetings, where people from different specialities and from different walks of life, met and discussed topics and questions of interest.

This type of meeting is credited with helping to trigger the Enlightenment, and to have contributed to some of the inventions and new methods that led to the Industrial Revolution.

  Last Few Meeting Topics

  • Should a robot take your job?
  • If the UK government, through the NHS initiated a programme to sequence the genome of every UK citizen, who should be permitted to access this information?
  • Would a 100 per cent inheritance tax help to reduce inequality and if not – what would?
  • Systems thinking
  • Artificial intelligence: Helpful future, or a scary human ending?
  • Counter Extremism: how do we,you make people, places and property more resilient against threats posed by extremists?
  • Companies are more successful when they are run based on a set of values that are genuinely upheld by the culture of the organisation. Why do we not run companies based on this way?
  • Why don't women run the world?
  • What is Intuition?
  • How can we disrupt habitual security behaviours to persuade people to adopt new security measures to respond to an ever evolving cyber threat?

That's All, Folks

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