Bringing together participants from varied fields and interests across Chicago, all of whose work specifically relates to a certain topic at hand, for an interactive discussion
These discussions focus on questions about technology and science, and how they are rapidly changing the way we work in every capacity of our lives. It's an intimate space to talk about ideas, values, and best practice, and an opportunity to talk across disciplines and professions.
We borrowed the idea (and the name) from Benjamin Franklin – in 1727 he created an early version of a think tank by assembling men from a diverse cross section of professions to discuss important issues of the day. The name, Junto (pronounced HOON-to), was Ben's poor attempt at borrowing either the Spanish word for "joined" (juntos) or "meeting" (junta).
Our Juntos take place at Star Lounge Coffee in Ukranian Village and last around 90 minutes. We find participants by asking friends of friends for people they know in the fields we’re discussing, and people signing up through the website. If you're interested in participating, sign up below by telling us who you are and what you do and we’ll curate you into a topic that fits. Some recent topics include: The Ethics of Philanthropic Giving; Climage Change in Chicago; Open Source and Freedom of Information; and Public/Private Partnerships.