Imagine having as your personal coach, the most beloved friend and wisest teacher of all time....
In every generation for 2,500 years, some of the noblest spirits have done just that. They include Montaigne, Benjamin Franklin, Henry David Thoreau, and in our own time the physicist Richard Feynman and the psychologist Carl Jung. You are invited to join them.

Ron Gross as Socrates

Socrates' Way consists of seven master keys to using your mind to the utmost.

1. Know Thyself

2. Ask Great Questions

3. Think for Yourself

4. Challenge Convention

5. Grow with Friends

6. Speak the Truth

7. Strengthen Your Soul

This site invites you to explore Socrates' Way for your personal growth and development, and as a foundation for democratic citizenship.

Socrates' Life and Times

Following Socrates' Way Every Day

Socrates' Way: the Book

About Author / Presenter Ron Gross

Socrates in the Press (New York Times, Denver Post, Village Voice, etc.)

Socrates for Your Audience

Testimonials from Recent Clients

Socrates on the Web

Join a Socratic Conversation (Socratic Conversations at Columbia University, Socrates Salon on Long Island, Conversation Cafes, etc.)

Contact Us

Socrates is portrayed by Ronald Gross, author of Socrates' Way: Seven Master Keys to Using Your Mind to the Utmost, published by Tarcher/Putnam. He co-chairs the University Seminar on Innovation, at Columbia University, and is an on-line columnist for ABOUT.com.

"Ron Gross calls Socrates up from the past to invigorate and enrich our lives today," says Michael Gelb, author of How to Think Like Leonardo.

SOCRATES'  most recent appearance was at the conference of the International Society for Self-Directed Learning, in Cocoa Beach, Florida, when his young friend Ron Gross received the Society's award for Outstanding Lifetime Achievement.   (Gross was more recently  elected to the Lifelong Learning HALL OF FAME of the International Adult and Continuing Education Association.)  

SOCRATIC CONVERSATIONS  are conducted by Ron Gross throughout the year at Columbia University, sponsored by the Gottesman Library.

More Information...

NEXT SESSIONS:

Thurs., 5/29,  4:00  pm:  HOME: Sharing Our Quests to Find or Create the Places We Most Need.

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SOCRATES SALONS are conducted once a month by Ron Gross at the Great Neck Public Library in Great Neck, N.Y.

NEXT SESSION:

Fri., May 2,  3:00 pm: HOME: Sharing Our Quests to Find or Create the Places We Most Need.

This Socrates Salon is the longest-running conversation group in the U.S., celebrating its 23rd  anniversary this year.

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THE UNIVERSITY SEMINAR ON INNOVATION IN EDUCATION at Columbia University, co-chaired by Ron Gross, meets monthly at Faculty House on the Columbia University campus.   For further information: www.columbiaseminar.org.

NEXT SESSION:  Monday, May 5, 7:00 pm.,
How Media Misrepresentations of Child Abuse Promotes Misguided and Ineffectiveness to Protecting Children," Emily Horowitz, Assoc. Prof. of Sociology at St. Francis College (Brooklyn).
 
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SOCRATES on the streets of New York

This Spring,   New Yorkers may suddenly find themselves face-to-face with SOCRATES!  He's on the prowl, challenging fellow citizens as he did in Athens 2,500 years ago. His four  questions this Fall  are:  What makes a city great?   What is  happiness? Should everything be for sale?  Is there a story to your life?  

Socrates will appear at such venues as:

** the steps of the New York Public Library at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street (in front of the giant statue of him adjacent to the main entrance).

** at Socrates Sculpture Park in Queens.

** next to David's painting "The Death of Socrates" in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

** catching a haircut at Socrates Barber Shop on Clinton Street in lower Manhattan.  

** and at other cunningly appropriate      
    locations.

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Socrates' Way has been published in China, Poland, Greece, Argentina, Japan, Russia, Korea, and France.

The two most recent international Socrates Salons have started in Rome, Italy, meeting monthly under the aegis of EuroCircle (www.eurocircle.com); and in Bogota, Colombia, under the auspices of the World Ethics Project.


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