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POPc stands for Philosophers' Ontological Party club. It is a non-profit that was founded by Dena Shottenkirk, who is both a philosopher and an artist. It sponsors one-to-one conversations with a philosopher (with the philosopher wearing this amazing gold African king hat!) Various philosophers participate and it happens in various places.
For example, we go into bars and have one-to-one conversations. Different sorts of bars, both dives and fancy. We go to Grand Central Station in New York City. We go to the sidewalk outside City Hall in Philly. We go into bodegas all over Brooklyn. We sit down next to the deli counter and hold a conversation with someone who has walked in to get a ham sandwich and walked out knowing so much more about their own thoughts. We go into city parks and set up the POPc tent. We listen. We listen.
POPc strives to give people a chance to develop their own thoughts on particular topics.The topics change according to the work (both visual and verbal) that Shottenkirk is doing singly on her own. The POPc conversations are a way, then, of collating what other people think on that topic. The experience of having a conversation with a philosopher, who can intellectually direct and gently challenge, changes both how the participant thinks and it changes the opinions they share with others. It is a fun activity that aims to build responsible citizenship and full humanness through self-awareness. Change happens because people talk.
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