Now in its fifth year, the Point-Counterpoint series is back on Marco Island for four sessions.
What is it all about? This popular discussion format is based upon a stimulating but respectful exchange of ideas. Point-Counterpoint’s format allows attendees to volunteer to speak on or state a position — a “point” of view — to the group or speak on a topic of their choosing, but only for five-minutes.
When their five-minute timer has sounded the Point speaker must stop speaking. Sorry, no overruns. A new 10-minute timer is set, and during the next ten minutes “counterpoints” are given in the form of brief questions or rebuttals, agreeing or disagreeing.
When that 10-minute “counterpoint” time has elapsed, the 15-minute total discussion on that “point” is over. A new attendee-volunteer then takes the floor, to state their “point.” The process continues for five or six cycles during the 1-1/2 hour session.
Point-Counterpoint is the brainchild of Wade Keller. Past topics have run the gamut from politics to local governance and from personal issues to economic/business topics. Prior attendees are invited to come and urged to bring a friend. While Keller plans to remain involved, John Mariotti, a regular attendee over the past four years, will moderate this year’s series. Mariotti is an award-winning author and consultant who is a seasonal visitor to Marco Island.
The 2015 series of Point-Counterpoint will run for four Mondays — Feb. 2 and 16 and March 9 and 23 — from 1:30-3:00PM at the Marco Lutheran Church located at 525 North Collier Blvd.