The Overweight Brain | Reading & Discussion

We live at a time when knowledge of the world is all right there on our smart phones. Yet we persist in going through life trying to get as much knowledge, as many facts and arguments and opinions and predictions, into our heads—and being tested and evaluated and judged by how much we know.
Being in the world as a knower keeps us stuck, says Lois Holzman, author of The Overweight Brain: How our obsession with knowing keeps us from getting smart enough to make a better world. It constrains creativity and risk taking, keeps us and our dreams small, stops us from learning new things, and stifles our capacity to create new possibilities for ourselves, families, communities and the entire world. For that, she says, we need a new form of life — something she calls “non-knowing growing.” That’s the invitation of The Overweight Brain — offering a simple but radical departure — an approach to using all we are (and all we know) to make a better world.

Join us for a reading and discussion of this important book!


Melissa Meyer is a trained social therapist, the Institute’s international training & programs coordinator and the director of sales for Performing the World. She is currently a co-leader in Developing Across Borders, a weekly online development group with people from all over the world.










When: Mon., May 6, 2019 at 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Where: East Side Institute
119 W. 23 St., Suite 902
212-941-8906
Price: Free
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We live at a time when knowledge of the world is all right there on our smart phones. Yet we persist in going through life trying to get as much knowledge, as many facts and arguments and opinions and predictions, into our heads—and being tested and evaluated and judged by how much we know.
Being in the world as a knower keeps us stuck, says Lois Holzman, author of The Overweight Brain: How our obsession with knowing keeps us from getting smart enough to make a better world. It constrains creativity and risk taking, keeps us and our dreams small, stops us from learning new things, and stifles our capacity to create new possibilities for ourselves, families, communities and the entire world. For that, she says, we need a new form of life — something she calls “non-knowing growing.” That’s the invitation of The Overweight Brain — offering a simple but radical departure — an approach to using all we are (and all we know) to make a better world.

Join us for a reading and discussion of this important book!


Melissa Meyer is a trained social therapist, the Institute’s international training & programs coordinator and the director of sales for Performing the World. She is currently a co-leader in Developing Across Borders, a weekly online development group with people from all over the world.
Buy tickets/get more info now