Past Events

Dec. 8, 2017, 7 p.m. - Dec. 8, 2017, 10 p.m.

Join us for our final evening of storytelling for the year-- the theme this month is Undercover. This is a space to learn about and engage with members of your community in a deeper way.

If you are interested in telling a story, you can read more about the event and fill out the interest form here: https://tinyurl.com/y9j98ha7

Otherwise, come prepared to listen to others tell theirs.

BYOB, free
Doors at 7, event starts at 7:30

Dec. 7, 2017, 8 p.m. - Dec. 7, 2017, 10:30 p.m.

“How do you find such a great relationship?”
“You don’t find it, you create it.”

Society tells us all the wrong stories about relationships. We’re told you ‘fall in love’ and live ‘happily ever after’, but most relationships don’t live up to that hype. That’s because most people never learn how to invest in their love in the ways that will help it thrive.

Tom Green and Roxy Wacyk are students of the Epic Relationship. Come join them for a conversation about how to create one, using techniques such as Radical Honesty, Fighting 2.0, and ...

Nov. 30, 2017, 8 p.m. - Nov. 30, 2017, 10:30 p.m.

Systemic thinking can be used and scaled out to solve social issues.

Our Guest Nilima Achwal will be taking us through a framework of her design, in the context of #MeToo and gender equality, and demonstrate how we can apply systemic thinking to other social problems and other sectors, keeping large-scale, fundamental, and transformative change in mind.

To learn more about our guest, check out Nilima's website, and listen to Nilima's interview in the podcast Femtastic.

Join us for a lively discussion!
8pm Mingling
8.30pm Talk
9pm Discussion
10:30pm Close-out

Feel free to bring wine, snacks ...

Nov. 16, 2017, 8 p.m. - Nov. 16, 2017, 10:30 p.m.

Addiction is a biological process by which repeated exposure to an addictive stimulus (a substance, a drug, a behavior) fosters the compulsive and increasing use of said stimulus despite adverse consequences.

...Or is it?

Could addiction be first and foremost a psychosocial phenomenon?
Could addiction be a way humans adapt to extreme social dislocation?
And if it were, what would be the ethical implications on the current perception and treatment of addicts?

We will start questioning what we know about addiction in the light of Bruce Alexander's "Rat Park" experiments', then examine the research showing that, when socially integrated ...

Nov. 9, 2017, 8 p.m. - Nov. 9, 2017, 10:30 p.m.

Mid-October, one of the most exciting experimental discoveries of our time was announced: The multi-instrument detection of two neutron stars colliding, including a detection by LIGO of the gravitational wave emission. Here's why it's important:

- We can actually see the light corresponding to this gravitational wave event, which means LIGO really works! Simulated gravity waves can be heard here.

- We now know where heavy metals like gold come from: they are forged in the powerful explosions of neutron star collisions. Supernovas don't have enough game.

- The mysterious cause of gamma ray bursts (terrifyingly powerful blasts of radiation ...

Oct. 26, 2017, 8 p.m. - Oct. 26, 2017, 10:30 p.m.

How much do social standing and wealth affect the culture and availability of love?

From dating culture to marriage contracts, money is tied to our love traditions. As society shifts into Late Capitalism, so do our practices for establishing family and romance. This talk is an exploration of the relationship between love and money, whether it is causal or correlative, and how new structures of love may change our notion of wealth.

Talk starts at 8:30 sharp.
Feel free to bring wine, snacks, anything you'd like.
This event is free.

Oct. 20, 2017, 8 p.m. - Oct. 20, 2017, 10:30 p.m.


Together, Simon and Bastian are Vizard: a Berlin-based DJ-Team who produces electronic-meets-classical experiences. Come hear this duo perform live with an ensemble of synthesizers and classical instruments this Friday at The Embassy! Stay with us for a music jam afterward, or head to your next party.
Passion, improvisation, and love are on the menu.

Byob, Free

Oct. 18, 2017, 6:30 p.m. - Oct. 18, 2017, 9:30 p.m.

Join us for an evening of storytelling-- the theme this month is spooky, creepy, & uncanny. This is a space to learn about and engage with members of your community in a deeper way.

If you are interested in telling a story, you can read more about the event and fill out the interest form here: https://tinyurl.com/y9j98ha7

Otherwise, come prepared to listen to others tell theirs.

BYOB, free
Doors at 7, event starts at 7:30

Oct. 12, 2017, 8:30 p.m. - Oct. 12, 2017, 10:30 p.m.

Guest: Allison Duettmann, Foresight Institute.

I created an index of readings that inspire a positive long-term vision for humanity - one with existential hope. The list is for everyone who wants to improve the world but doesn’t know where to start, including general readings on everything from transhumanism to existential risks. The difference is that it lays out a vision of why we should care about the future: it focuses on Utopia, and why it’s neither impossible, nor boring. The list is in its infancy, so I would love to spend an evening to discuss
- Your favorite readings, fiction ...

Oct. 5, 2017, 7:30 p.m. - Oct. 5, 2017, 9:30 p.m.

Your brain will happily learn to incorporate artificial stimuli into your conscious model of reality. This enables techniques like Sensory Substitution to aid the disabled in new and powerful ways. For example, stimulating your tongue from a camera feed can give a blind person a new perception that mimics vision.

Not surprisingly, this technique has caught the attention of tinkerers + bio-hackers for expanding our senses altogether. For example, a wearable delivering pressure to your arm could give you a "sixth sense" for magnetic north.

As these technologies become normalized, we're faced with new ethical and philosophical questions regarding their ...