Northeast U.S. Daniel Quinn Meetup

Your mind has been changed by Daniel Quinn. Gather with others like yourself to see what new ideas we can develop to change other minds — and to keep ourselves heading where we want to go. You are invited to participate in what hopefully will be the first of many Northeast U.S. Daniel Quinn Meetups.

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Hudson Valley Potluck / Poughkeepsie Daniel Quinn Meetup

When: Saturday, November 20, 2004, 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.

Where: Red Hook Village Hall, 7467 South Broadway (Rt. 9), Red Hook, NY. See below for directions.

Lunch will be potluck. Bring whatever dish you want to share, and mention it in your RSVP. Ask for advice on what to bring if you want, or live in the hands of the gods and trust that we’ll have a great meal even if nobody coordinates it.

Dinner will be take-out, Dutch treat.

Cost: Aside from your own personal costs for transportation and food, we intend the event to be free. Depending on what may happen in organizing the event, some expenses may be incurred, in which case we may ask for contributions to help offset.

RSVP by Sunday, November 7, 2004, if possible, to Potluck.

Feel free to bring any books or other materials you might like to share for the day or perhaps even exchange with other members of the group.

Some people interested in attending may not be able to afford transportation or other possible expenses. If you are able to contribute funds to help others, let us know.


Below is the tenative schedule for the event.

  • 10:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Introductions — Be prepared to tell the group what you’re best at!
  • 10:30 a.m.-12::00 p.m. The Northeast Region — Share stories about personal/local successes (local Ishmael groups, tribal businesses, personal growth, etc.) inspired by the work of Daniel Quinn. Discuss the possibility of more regional efforts and what shape they might take.
  • 12:00 p.m. Potluck lunch
  • 1:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m. An Inquiry Into Changing Minds — Bill and Lisa Giruzzi, founders of Transformational Conversations and longtime fans of Daniel Quinn, will guide an Appreciative Inquiry into the nature of changing minds. Through everyone’s active participation and contribution, we hope to come away with new approaches for both changing the minds of others and keeping ourselves in the frame of a “new mind.” Dr. Howard Ditkoff, co-founder of The Friends of Ishmael Society, will participate.
  • 5:30 p.m. Order Dinner In — Restaurant TBD by the group. Dutch treat.
  • 5:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m. Wrap-Up
  • 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Dinner

What to Bring

Below are some suggestions about what to bring to the event.

  • Paper and pen/pencil
  • Anything for “show and tell” as part of the morning session on The Northeast Region
  • Potluck lunch contribution, along with any necessary serving utensils
  • Here’s a so-crazy-it’s-logical idea for a potluck: Everyone bring their own plate, cup, fork and spoon so we don’t collectively need disposables. If you choose to bring disposables for your own use, that’s your choice.


See the Red Hook Village Hall location at Mapquest and get driving directions as well, or you can go by these general directions.

From Taconic State Parkway:

Take exit for Red Hook / Pine Plains / Rt. 199. At end of ramp, go west on Rt. 199 (that’s a left turn if you were going north on the Taconic, a right turn if you were going south on the Taconic). After about 7-8 minutes, you’ll hit a traffic light. Veer to the right at the light to stay on Rt. 199. After about 2-3 minutes, you’ll hit another traffic light — the intersection with Rt. 9. Turn left onto Rt. 9. Make the first right onto Prince Street. See At Prince Street below.

From NYS Thruway (and also, along the way, Rt. 209, Rt. 9W, Rt. 9G):

Take exit 19 for Kingston / Rhinecliff Bridge / Rt. 28. Follow signs to Rhinecliff Bridge (tollbooth to traffic circle to Rt. 28 west to Rt. 209 north which, at the Rt. 9W interchange, becomes Rt. 199 east and goes across the bridge). Continue on Rt. 199 into the Village of Red Hook (after bridge, left at second traffic light onto 199/9G, then, right at next traffic light getting off 9G where 9G and 199 split, then straight on 199 for 2 minutes). Next traffic light is the intersection with Rt. 9. Turn right onto Rt. 9. Make the first right onto Prince Street. See At Prince Street below.

From U.S. Rt. 9:

Follow Rt. 9 to the Village of Red Hook. One block south of the Rt. 199 intersection is Prince Street (that’s a left turn if you were going north on Rt. 9, a right turn if you were going south on Rt. 9). See At Prince Street below.

At Prince Street:

After turning onto Prince Street, park in the municipal lot immediately to your right. The Village Hall is directly across Prince Street from the parking lot, on the corner of Prince and Rt. 9. Enter the building from Rt. 9.

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