We're now a member-driven learning collective. Learn more about the benefits of becoming a founding member.

The Member-Driven Learning Collective


After a few years of doing this, we've started to see a lot of familiar faces attending Olios. We've spent many nights continuing the conversation at a bar after an Olio until it turns into a (drunken) brainstorming session, everyone joining in and helping to shape the future of Think Olio.

“Scenius stands for the intelligence and the intuition of a whole cultural scene. It is the communal form of the concept of the genius.” 

Though as a concept it's always been something we've loved and casually acknowledged, it wasn't until recently that we came across the idea of scenius and realized that Brian Eno had coined the perfect term to describe our community.

Think Olio started in a living room with a small group of friends and a professor, but it has grown into a learning collective shaped by the scenius of our community. For that reason, we're very excited to extend a membership opportunity to anyone looking to play a more tangible part in the growth of our organization.

Member Benefits

Committed members will be involved behind the scenes: you'll have a say on upcoming themes, projects, and the overall direction of Think Olio. To this end, we will hold quarterly town halls where we'll meet in-person with members and professors to talk about new ideas and our priorities moving forward. In addition, members get invites to our private events , office (happy) hours with professors, and every other month you'll receive a random token of our appreciation (i.e., Olio Swag).

Your committed membership gives us the funds we need to keep our programming exciting and affordable for everyone.  We're so grateful for your support and please send an email to note@thinkolio.org with any questions.

- Chris & David

Over the last few years, we've hosted nearly 400 Olios with more than 40 amazing professors. Here are some highlights:

+ Launched the OlioNote with a party in a Penthouse Recording Studio in Times Square

+ Brought 150 people together to learn about the philosophies of Simone de Beauvoir and 250 people for the history of the string quartet woven in with live music.

+ Completed a 1 year residency at the Strand Bookstore with a new lecture every Friday night

+ Organized a seminar series exploring the state of Democracy with BAM

+ Analyzed Kill Bill at a rock climbing gym, Thoreau in a basement, and sound art in Central Park

+ Made it into the acknowledgements of two books published by our professors

+ Received great press from Brooklyn Magazine and Brooklyn Based

What our future looks like:

+ Weekly Olios – We'll be back in Strand's Rare Book Room in 2018 with Olios every Friday night and will continue to pop-up at various venues all around NYC. 

+ Consistent Seminars – Each of our seminars have offered an opportunity for in-depth, multi-session learning with a professor and deep exploration with a committed group. Going forward we'll have two seminars each month.

+ OlioNote Volume 3 – The OlioNote Vol. 3 is in the works and of course that means another weekend launch filled with parties. We also plan to launch a Think Olio Fellowship which would provide the funding for a professor to present a new and surprising argument to be published by Think Olio.

+ OlioWorld Day 1 – A day-long symposium where we take an interdisciplinary approach to exploring a topic with the perspectives of multiple professors, hands on activities, and a lot of beer and dancing.

+ OlioNotes & OlioRadio – Our hope is to make our content accessible to more people and we plan to do that through study guides (like this one) and podcasts. Let us know if you'd like to be involved.

Upcoming Olios

Mar 28

Scenius Party | Populism & the Voice of the People

Taught by Olio Happy Hour
7 p.m. at Nowadays

Sign Up - $0

Mar 29

Apr 5

Olio Seminar | Our Fucked up Relationships with Technology: A History

Taught by Lawrence Cappello
7 p.m. at WeWork // 205 Hudson

Sign Up - $100

Apr 6

The Importance of Being Two: What It Means to Have a Divided Mind.

Taught by Michael Haltenberger
7 p.m. at Strand Bookstore

Sign Up - $20

Apr 11

Prohibition and the Brave Americans Who Kept Drinking Anyway

Taught by Lawrence Cappello
7:30 p.m. at Nowadays

Sign Up - $15

Apr 13

Friday the 13th | Free Will, Determinism, or Fuck it all?

Taught by Olio Happy Hour
7 p.m. at Strand Bookstore

Sign Up - $20

Apr 16

Olio Seminar | Why We Love Dystopia

Taught by Patricia Kim
7:30 p.m. at Chinatown Soup

Sign Up - $100

Apr 24

The Problem of Evil

Taught by Jeanne Proust
7:30 p.m. at Nowadays

Sign Up - $15

May 18

Wait...Where is the Right to Privacy in the US Constitution, Exactly?

Taught by Lawrence Cappello
7 p.m. at Strand Bookstore

Sign Up - $20

Find out when we launch new classes!