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Self-sabotage vs Self-liberation Salon. Wednesday April 8 - BOOK


After COVID: A Speculative Exploration Salon. Friday April 10 - BOOK

Self-organization in Time of Crisis - Salon. Sunday April 12 -BOOK

Authority and Hierarchy - Salon. Wednesday April 15 - BOOK

Art in the Cold War (Party Salon!) - Salon. Sunday April 19 - BOOK

Up/Downs: Learning from the Cycles of History - Salon. Wednesday April 22 - BOOK

Notes of Comfort: Music As Therapy - Salon. Saturday April 25 - BOOK

World Builders vs World Users - Salon. Tuesday April 28 - BOOK

Hidden Powers, Rigged Systems - Salon. Saturday May 2 - BOOK

In previous months, we hosted offline salons in London, Oxford, New York City, Los Angeles, Mountain View, Menlo Park, Brussels, Berlin, Atlanta, and Mumbai.

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“For me the I.I is that friend you lost touch with, but can pick back up and go deep with at any second. It’s extremely intentional and unabashed in its quest; searching for good thought online. In a time with so much noise, I love anything that’s looking for a very clear and specific cut they’re trying to elevate.”

Reggie James, New York City

'Having co-organized a salon, I can sincerely say that my preconceptions [of the I.I.] were positively exceeded. Ten gathered in my living room, mostly strangers, and at the end of the night I felt appreciative of the open, thoughtful, varied, and amicable discourse in which I had participated. To me, the special facet of a salon is that it facilitates gathering around a certain theme or idea, and not necessarily a particular social group; however, after our few hours together, I felt happy to think that anyone present could become a closer friend."

Janey Muñoz, Mountain View

“I think there’s a general sense of foreboding in the mainstream/western pop media culture — climate change, politics of fear and isolationism, and things vaguely seem dark. For me, the spirit of the I.I. — of real friends coming together to connect, to break bread, to share their minds — is something that keeps me optimistic for the year(s) to come.”

Visakan Veerasamy, Singapore

"For me, it is a chance to intersect with people I normally might not meet. Also, I’m a bit of a voyeur because life… but I appreciate the snippets I catch and that conversations can range from deeply meaningful to somewhat frivolous. I do love the idea of salons — some things can’t be explored or conveyed on social media.”

Monica Spisar, Oxford