In my half sleepy state, I referred to this organization as "Foundations" in reference to the foundational values of Reason, Purpose, and Self-esteem. The purpose of this organization will be to help individuals achieve these values through lectures, guided discussions, workshops, presentations, and whatever other means are effective. Special topics - such as "How to think clearer", "How independent thinking can help you", "How to be more productive", "How to follow through with your goals", "How to increase self-awareness" - would be presented in weekly meetings. Perhaps on Saturday mornings or Sunday afternoons. Any number of different formats might work, but one idea I had was to start the day with a presentation about a topic followed by breakout groups to discuss the topic in depth or perform activities that improve some skill. Say a 30 minute presentation, followed by an hour long breakout session. And perhaps equally important, follow up the with a social gathering (perhaps with coffee and donuts, or a light meal). This gathering offers two pieces of value, it encourages integration of ideas through casual discussions and it builds psychological visibility which encourages participants to come back on a regular basis.
Critical success factors
- such an organization must provide a value that 90% of the population can immediately grasp so that they eagerly take part.
- The format of the presentation must be in a non-threating, self-growth format.
- Presenters and/or group leaders should be well versed in Objectivism.