Photo: Josh Reynolds for the Boston Globe

Photo: Josh Reynolds for the Boston Globe

The Boston Globe

"No worrying 'Am I being interesting enough and charming enough?' Just talk, and then listen."

Full article here.

 
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Photo: PJ Couture

Boston Magazine

“‘I think it’s giving people a place to be seen and understood, and to practice seeing and understanding other people,’ [Kirsner] says.”

Full article here.

 
 Photo: Michael Goodman

Photo: Michael Goodman

Scout Somerville

“‘It’s easy for communities like that to be kind of in-group-y and exclusive,’ Kirsner says, ‘but it’s been lovely to see that attendees are quite inclusive.’”

Full article here.

 
 Photo: Michael Goodman

Photo: Michael Goodman

The Outline

"The conversation took place at a gathering called Skip the Small Talk, which sold out of its 70 tickets at $10 apiece. Jumping off cue cards — 'What were your middle school and high school experiences like?' — the mostly young roomful of participants formed pairs and small groups to bypass the usual niceties and dive straight into topics both personal and sometimes confessional."

Full article here.

 

the showing up anyway podcast

“You definitely have to take care of your own stuff before you can take care of other people.”

Full podcast here.

 

creative yatra (india)

“I’m hoping to offer a safer space for people to practice vulnerability.”

Full Q&A here.

 
 Photo: Michael Goodman

Photo: Michael Goodman

Poiesis Podcast

"There's this really deep need to fit in, and vulnerability is the opposite of that a lot of the time."

Full podcast here.


 

SOWN Newsletter

"Accept awkwardness as the entry fee to having deeper connections."

Full interview here.

 
 Photo: Sara Littlejohn

Photo: Sara Littlejohn

Saratown Blog

“It takes out the awkward aspects of meeting a stranger, and talking to them and also it gives them an opportunity to express themselves in a way I think not a lot of people are used to on a daily basis.”

Full Q&A with Skip the Small Talk host Madeleine Ziegler here.

 

Center for women and enterprise

“Ashley admits: ‘I used to be a perfectionist, so I’ve learned how to do things before I know every detail of how it will work out.’”

Full article here.