Ashley wondered what would happen if these brief interactions with strangers were extended into longer events. She hoped they could serve as a way to improve attendees’ everyday lives and foster longer-term connections. The first such event was the “Skip the Small Talk Dinner,” a picnic centered around using cards with thought-provoking questions to help the attendees interact. Ashley expected 15 people to show up, but before she knew it over five hundred people had expressed interest in the Facebook event. The event was such a hit that some participants stayed three hours after the picnic was scheduled to end.