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.