Thursday, May 16, 2013 , 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
This is a potluck dinner followed with a presentation by one of our most creative mathematicians and software problem solvers, who cashed out of Silicon Valley before its collapse and now enjoys studying from Europe our amazing American saga.
About our Speaker
Richard Kelly Moore is an American writer living in Wexford, Ireland. Richard graduated with distinction in Mathematics at Stanford University in 1964. He worked in research for 30 years in Silicon Valley before emigrating from the San Francisco Bay area in 1994. He writes: “I love the small town life here in Ireland and I've been devoting the past ten years to writing, moderating email lists, and seeking workable answers to some very big questions: How does the world really operate? What would a better world be like? How can we bring about the necessary transformation?”
Richard published Escaping the Matrix, a book that deals with the big questions and envisions solutions centered around community empowerment, inclusive dialog, and the awakening of "We the People" consciousness.
Richard focused on math and computer science at Stanford, and upon graduation jumped whole-heartedly into the emerging Silicon Valley scene doing software R&D. He was privileged to work at many of the leading-edge companies of their day, including Xerox PARC, Apple Computer, and Oracle. His specialty was delving into problems that weren’t well defined, where one needed to invent as one went along, and where the risk-adverse seldom ventured.
After thirty years in the software industry, Richard decided that there had to be more to life than commuting and trading days for dollars. He drew out his savings and moved to Ireland, to find out what his life was really about. This change of scene, at fifty-something, turned out be a liberating experience. He found himself able to do all those things he had been too inhibited to pursue back home, such as joining the light opera, acting in stage plays, and playing music in the pubs. Above all, he discovered that his real passion is for writing.
For Richard, writing is a means of learning, more than a means of conveying what he knows beforehand. As other authors have also reported, he has no idea where a piece will end up when he begins. Writing for him is a way of unlocking his powers of observation and analysis, opening a path of discovery that leads wherever it is meant to lead. He offers his work to the world not with, “Look at what I created,” but rather with, “Look at what I found.”
Friendly Favors Event
Cost: $20 (or 20 Thankyous) and a dish to share; $40 with no dish
Discount Cost: Applies when you RSVP and choose to give Thankyou's.
Payment Instructions: Make checks payable to IONS
- 6 PM: One hour for socializing and eating dinner
- 7 PM: 30 minutes for welcome, announcements and introductions
- 7:30 PM: One hour for our guest speaker's presentation
- 8:30 PM: 30 minutes for Questions and Answers
- 9 PM: We close the event, allowing time for post-event commingling and cleaning before leaving by 10 PM.
Walk-ins are welcome and RSVPs are much appreciated, so we can notify you of any changes and we can prepare the space accordingly.