Oct
5
6:00pm 6:00pm

Skip the Small Talk at Aeronaut

If you want access to early tickets for Skip the Small Talks, join our e-mail list at the top of this page.
If you are interested in this event, you can buy tickets here.

 
Photo: Carven Boursiquot

Photo: Carven Boursiquot

 

Do you wish you could have more of the kinds of conversations you have late at night where for some reason, you feel safe talking about the things you actually care about? 

Bring your friends (or come by yourself) and spend your Thursday night at an event where you know everyone else is there for the same reason. 

We'll be offering cards with "big talk" conversational questions on them to get you started. Not feeling like answering a particular question? No worries, we have plenty to choose from, like, "When are you the happiest?" "What's one part of your life that you wish you could give more attention to? What's getting in the way of you giving more attention to it?" and, "If you were going to become close friends with me, what would I need to know about you?" We'll give you some structure and ground rules to make sure everyone feels comfortable and safe sharing as much of themselves as possible. We'll strive to provide a space where you can push your comfort zone in talking openly while still feeling in complete control of how much you divulge. Ashley, a phone volunteer at a suicide hotline, will be available to talk if tough subjects come up. 

**Close to the beginning of the event, we will organize a PIZZA DELIVERY from Caesar's Pizza and Subs for anyone who wants to order pizza at the event. They have very generously offered us an awesome group discount, so it'll come down to $1.50 per slice of cheese and $2.00 per slice of pepperoni! Bring cash accordingly! We are not allowed to be directly involved in the ordering process due to city-wide food regulations, but we will help bring together anyone who is interested in ordering food and have an STST volunteer help out. You are also invited to bring your own dinner or eat beforehand or afterward-- no pressure, everyone will be doing their own thing! We will also have an alternative menu available for Momo n Curry if you would like to order something different on your own and don't know much in the area, and you can always order from anyplace you like on your own. Alcohol will be available onsite!**

Check-in for this event will begin around 5:30 pm. Please do your best to arrive before 6 pm so we can begin as close to on time as possible. Aeronaut Brewing Company is wheelchair accessible.

Ready to skip the small talk with us? Here's the suggested donation link since entry is on a first come first serve basis-- once we are out of tickets, we will not be able to accommodate folks at the door: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/skip-the-small-talk-at-aeronaut-tickets-37013360959

Want to keep up with our events? Like us at www.Facebook.com/SkiptheSmallTalk! If you want to be the first to get access to tickets, join our mailing list at SkiptheSmallTalk.org. And yes, the rumors are true-- there are pictures of dogs throughout the sign-up process to keep you motivated. ;)

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Sep
13
6:00pm 6:00pm

Skip the Small Talk at Aeronaut

If you want access to early tickets for Skip the Small Talks, join our e-mail list at the top of this page.
If you are interested in this event, you can buy tickets here.

 
Photo: Sidney Batchelder

Photo: Sidney Batchelder

 

Do you wish you could have more of the kinds of conversations you have late at night where for some reason, you feel safe talking about the things you actually care about? 

Bring your friends (or come by yourself) and spend your Wednesday night at an event where you know everyone else is there for the same reason. 

We'll be offering cards with "big talk" conversational questions on them to get you started. Not feeling like answering a particular question? No worries, we have plenty to choose from, like, "When are you the happiest?" "What's one part of your life that you wish you could give more attention to? What's getting in the way of you giving more attention to it?" and, "If you were going to become close friends with me, what would I need to know about you?" We'll give you some structure and ground rules to make sure everyone feels comfortable and safe sharing as much of themselves as possible. We'll strive to provide a space where you can push your comfort zone in talking openly while still feeling in complete control of how much you divulge. Ashley, a phone volunteer at a suicide hotline, will be available to talk if tough subjects come up. 

**Close to the beginning of the event, we will organize a PIZZA DELIVERY from Caesar's Pizza and Subs for anyone who wants to order pizza at the event. They have very generously offered us an awesome group discount, so it'll come down to $1.50 per slice of cheese and $2.00 per slice of pepperoni! Bring cash accordingly! We are not allowed to be directly involved in the ordering process due to city-wide food regulations, but we will help bring together anyone who is interested in ordering food and have an STST volunteer help out. You are also invited to bring your own dinner or eat beforehand or afterward-- no pressure, everyone will be doing their own thing! We will also have an alternative menu available for Momo n Curry if you would like to order something different on your own and don't know much in the area, and you can always order from anyplace you like on your own. Alcohol will be available onsite!**

Check-in for this event will begin around 5:30 pm. Please do your best to arrive before 6 pm so we can begin as close to on time as possible.

Ready to skip the small talk with us? Here's the suggested donation link since entry is on a first come first serve basis-- once we are out of tickets, we will not be able to accommodate folks at the door: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/skip-the-small-talk-at-aeronaut-tickets-37013188443

Want to keep up with our events? Like us at www.Facebook.com/SkiptheSmallTalk! If you want to be the first to get access to tickets, join our mailing list at SkiptheSmallTalk.org. And yes, the rumors are true-- there are pictures of dogs throughout the sign-up process to keep you motivated. ;)

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Aug
31
6:00pm 6:00pm

Skip the Small Talk at Aeronaut

If you want access to early tickets for Skip the Small Talks, join our e-mail list.
If you are interested in this event, you can buy tickets here.

 
Photo: Steve Wollkind

Photo: Steve Wollkind

 

Do you wish you could have more of the kinds of conversations you have late at night where for some reason, you feel safe talking about the things you actually care about? 

Bring your friends (or come by yourself) and spend your Thursday night at an event where you know everyone else is there for the same reason. 

We'll be offering cards with "big talk" conversational questions on them to get you started. Not feeling like answering a particular question? No worries, we have plenty to choose from, like, "When are you the happiest?" "What's one part of your life that you wish you could give more attention to? What's getting in the way of you giving more attention to it?" and, "If you were going to become close friends with me, what would I need to know about you?" We'll give you some structure and ground rules to make sure everyone feels comfortable and safe sharing as much of themselves as possible. We'll strive to provide a space where you can push your comfort zone in talking openly while still feeling in complete control of how much you divulge. Ashley, a phone volunteer at a suicide hotline, will be available to talk if tough subjects come up. 

**Close to the beginning of the event, we will organize a PIZZA DELIVERY from Caesar's Pizza and Subs for anyone who wants to order pizza at the event. They have very generously offered us an awesome group discount, so it'll come down to $1.50 per slice of cheese and $2.00 per slice of pepperoni! Bring cash accordingly! We are not allowed to be directly involved in the ordering process due to city-wide food regulations, but we will help bring together anyone who is interested in ordering food and have an STST volunteer help out. You are also invited to bring your own dinner or eat beforehand or afterward-- no pressure, everyone will be doing their own thing! We will also have an alternative menu available for Momo n Curry if you would like to order something different on your own and don't know much in the area, and you can always order from anyplace you like on your own. Alcohol will be available onsite!**

Check-in for this event will begin around 5:30 pm. Please do your best to arrive before 6 pm so we can begin as close to on time as possible.

Ready to skip the small talk with us? Here's the suggested donation link since entry is on a first come first serve basis-- once we are out of tickets, we will not be able to accommodate folks at the door: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/skip-the-small-talk-at-aeronaut-tickets-36934772900

Want to keep up with our events? Like us at www.Facebook.com/SkiptheSmallTalk! If you want to be the first to get access to tickets, join our mailing list at SkiptheSmallTalk.org. And yes, the rumors are true-- there are pictures of dogs throughout the sign-up process to keep you motivated. ;)

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Aug
9
6:00pm 6:00pm

Skip the Small Talk at Aeronaut

If you want access to early tickets for Skip the Small Talks, join our e-mail list.
If you are interested in this event, you can buy tickets here.

 
Photo: Steve Wollkind

Photo: Steve Wollkind

 

Do you wish you could have more of the kinds of conversations you have late at night where for some reason, you feel safe talking about the things you actually care about? 

Bring your friends (or come by yourself) and spend your Wednesday night at an event where you know everyone else is there for the same reason. 

We'll be offering cards with "big talk" conversational questions on them to get you started. Not feeling like answering a particular question? No worries, we have plenty to choose from, like, "When are you the happiest?" "What's one part of your life that you wish you could give more attention to? What's getting in the way of you giving more attention to it?" and, "If you were going to become close friends with me, what would I need to know about you?" We'll give you some structure and ground rules to make sure everyone feels comfortable and safe sharing as much of themselves as possible. We'll strive to provide a space where you can push your comfort zone in talking openly while still feeling in complete control of how much you divulge. Ashley, a phone volunteer at a suicide hotline, will be available to talk if tough subjects come up. 

**Close to the beginning of the event, we will organize a PIZZA DELIVERY from Caesar's Pizza and Subs for anyone who wants to order pizza at the event. They have very generously offered us an awesome group discount, so it'll come down to $1.50 per slice of cheese and $2.00 per slice of pepperoni! Bring cash accordingly! We are not allowed to be directly involved in the ordering process due to city-wide food regulations, but we will help bring together anyone who is interested in ordering food and have an STST volunteer help out. You are also invited to bring your own dinner or eat beforehand or afterward-- no pressure, everyone will be doing their own thing! We will also have an alternative menu available for Momo n Curry if you would like to order something different on your own and don't know much in the area, and you can always order from anyplace you like on your own. Alcohol will be available onsite!**

Check-in for this event will begin around 5:30 pm. Please do your best to arrive before 6 pm so we can begin as close to on time as possible.

Ready to skip the small talk with us? Here's the suggested donation link since entry is on a first come first serve basis-- once we are out of tickets, we will not be able to accommodate folks at the door: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/skip-the-small-talk-at-aeronaut-tickets-36561996917

Want to keep up with our events? Like us at www.Facebook.com/SkiptheSmallTalk! If you want to be the first to get access to tickets, join our mailing list at SkiptheSmallTalk.org. And yes, the rumors are true-- there are pictures of dogs throughout the sign-up process to keep you motivated. ;)

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Jul
27
6:00pm 6:00pm

Skip the Small Talk at Aeronaut

If you want access to early tickets for Skip the Small Talks, join our e-mail list.
If you are interested in this event, you can buy tickets here.

 
Photo: Lydza Clark

Photo: Lydza Clark

 

Do you wish you could have more of the kinds of conversations you have late at night where for some reason, you feel safe talking about the things you actually care about? 

Bring your friends (or come by yourself) and spend your Thursday night at an event where you know everyone else is there for the same reason. 

We'll be offering cards with "big talk" conversational questions on them to get you started. Not feeling like answering a particular question? No worries, we have plenty to choose from, like, "When are you the happiest?" "What's one part of your life that you wish you could give more attention to? What's getting in the way of you giving more attention to it?" and, "If you were going to become close friends with me, what would I need to know about you?" We'll give you some structure and ground rules to make sure everyone feels comfortable and safe sharing as much of themselves as possible. We'll strive to provide a space where you can push your comfort zone in talking openly while still feeling in complete control of how much you divulge. Ashley, a phone volunteer at a suicide hotline, will be available to talk if tough subjects come up. 

**Close to the beginning of the event, we will organize a PIZZA DELIVERY from Caesar's Pizza and Subs for anyone who wants to order pizza at the event. They have very generously offered us an awesome group discount, so it'll come down to about $1.50 per slice of cheese and $2.00 per slice of pepperoni! Bring cash accordingly! We are not allowed to be directly involved in the ordering process due to city-wide food regulations, but we will help bring together anyone who is interested in ordering food and have an STST volunteer help out. You are also invited to bring your own dinner or eat beforehand or afterward-- no pressure, everyone will be doing their own thing! We will also have an alternative menu available for Momo n Curry if you would like to order something different on your own and don't know much in the area, and you can always order from anyplace you like on your own. Alcohol will be available onsite!**

Check-in for this event will begin around 5:30 pm. Please do your best to arrive before 6 pm so we can begin as close to on time as possible.

Ready to skip the small talk with us? Here's the suggested donation link since entry is on a first come first serve basis-- once we are out of tickets, we will not be able to accommodate folks at the door: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/skip-the-small-talk-at-aeronaut-tickets-36211674092

Want to keep up with our events? Like us at www.Facebook.com/SkiptheSmallTalk! If you want to be the first to get access to tickets, join our mailing list at SkiptheSmallTalk.org. And yes, the rumors are true-- there are pictures of dogs throughout the sign-up process to keep you motivated. ;)

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Jul
12
6:00pm 6:00pm

Skip the Small Talk at Aeronaut

If you want access to early tickets for Skip the Small Talks, join our e-mail list.
If you are interested in this event, you can buy tickets here.

 
Photo: Carven Boursiquot

Photo: Carven Boursiquot

 

Do you wish you could have more of the kinds of conversations you have late at night where for some reason, you feel safe talking about the things you actually care about? 

Bring your friends (or come by yourself) and spend your Wednesday night at an event where you know everyone else is there for the same reason. 

We'll be offering cards with "big talk" conversational questions on them to get you started. Not feeling like answering a particular question? No worries, we have plenty to choose from, like, "When are you the happiest?" "What's one part of your life that you wish you could give more attention to? What's getting in the way of you giving more attention to it?" and, "If you were going to become close friends with me, what would I need to know about you?" We'll give you some structure and ground rules to make sure everyone feels comfortable and safe sharing as much of themselves as possible. We'll strive to provide a space where you can push your comfort zone in talking openly while still feeling in complete control of how much you divulge. Ashley, a phone volunteer at a suicide hotline, will be available to talk if tough subjects come up. 

**Close to the beginning of the event, we will organize a PIZZA DELIVERY from Caesar's Pizza and Subs for anyone who wants to order pizza at the event. They have very generously offered us an awesome group discount, so it'll come down to about $1.50 per slice of cheese and $2.00 per slice of pepperoni! Bring cash accordingly! We are not allowed to be directly involved in the ordering process due to city-wide food regulations, but we will help bring together anyone who is interested in ordering food and have an STST volunteer help out. You are also invited to bring your own dinner or eat beforehand or afterward-- no pressure, everyone will be doing their own thing! We will also have an alternative menu available for Momo n Curry if you would like to order something different on your own and don't know much in the area, and you can always order from anyplace you like on your own. Alcohol will be available onsite!**

Check-in for this event will begin around 5:30 pm. Please do your best to arrive before 6 pm so we can begin as close to on time as possible.

Ready to skip the small talk with us? Here's the suggested donation link since entry is on a first come first serve basis-- once we are out of tickets, we will not be able to accommodate folks at the door: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/skip-the-small-talk-at-aeronaut-tickets-35708376716

Want to keep up with our events? Like us at www.Facebook.com/SkiptheSmallTalk! If you want to be the first to get access to tickets, join our mailing list at SkiptheSmallTalk.org. And yes, the rumors are true-- there are pictures of dogs throughout the sign-up process to keep you motivated. ;)

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Jun
30
to Jul 1

Skip the Small Talk's First Birthday Blowout

***TICKET LINK: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/skip-the-small-talks-first-birthday-blowout-tickets-35029677709
We tend to sell out for our events in advance, so please get yours as soon as you know you'd like to join us.
Sign up for our e-mail list here to receive a discount code for $5 off!
 

 
Skip the Small Talk Birthday Blowout Party
 

Do you wish you could have more of the kinds of conversations you have late at night where for some reason, you feel safe talking about the things you actually care about? Do you like cake? If you answered "yes" to either, you might want to come to Skip the Small Talk's FIRST birthday blowout! We're turning one year old in June, so we're going all out for this one!

Approximate schedule (subject to change) is below.

8:00 - 10:00 pm: We'll have a Skip the Small Talk! That means we'll be offering cards with "big talk" conversational questions on them. Not feeling like answering a particular question? No worries, we have plenty to choose from, like, "When are you the happiest?" "What's one part of your life that you wish you could give more attention to? What's getting in the way of you giving more attention to it?" and, "If you were going to become close friends with me, what would I need to know about you?" We'll give you some structure and ground rules to make sure everyone feels comfortable and safe sharing as much of themselves as possible. We'll strive to provide a space where you can push your comfort zone in talking openly while still feeling in complete control of how much you divulge. Ashley, a phone volunteer at a suicide hotline, will be available to talk if tough subjects come up. Please arrive a few minutes early so we can start this as close to on time as possible.


10:00 pm - 1:00 am:

- A Skip the Small Talk ball pit!(!!!!)

- Dancing! There will be a mix of people partner/fusion dancing, people dancing by themselves (no, seriously, people really do this and nobody cares), and people dancing in groups of strangers.

- Interactive art things! We'll have some low-key collaborative art things for you to do if you want to just chill and color something pretty.

- Interactive writing things! We want to give you the chance to reflect on your Skip the Small Talk experience if you want to. We'll have some prompts and you can share your answers with us!

- A selfie photobooth! Photos with strangers encouraged.

- Cake and gluten-free desserts! Because it's our birthday, and we want to, dangit.


Dress: Whatever you'd wear to a Friday night birthday party!


It'll all go down at the Democracy Center, an amazingly adorable little spot about a five-minute walk from the Harvard T station. Unfortunately, it's not wheelchair accessible yet, but they're working on it. You can call them at 617-492-8855 to discuss accessibility needs or learn more about their plans to make the building more accessible.


We've always sold out for these in advance, and if we do, we won't be able to sell tickets at the door, so *please* get your tickets as soon as you know you want to come! If you want a 33% discount on tickets, we'll send a coupon code to our e-mail list. If you're not signed up yet and would like to be, you can do that at www.skipthesmalltalk.org at the very top of the homepage. We won't spam you and we won't give your e-mail out to anyone.

Can't wait to talk, dance, color, and eat cake with y'all soon!

*****TICKET LINK: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/skip-the-small-talks-first-birthday-blowout-tickets-35029677709

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Jun
28
6:00pm 6:00pm

Skip the Small Talk at Aeronaut

If you want access to early tickets for Skip the Small Talks, join our e-mail list.
If you are interested in this event, you can buy tickets here.

 
Photo: Lydza Clark

Photo: Lydza Clark

 

Do you wish you could have more of the kinds of conversations you have late at night where for some reason, you feel safe talking about the things you actually care about? 

Bring your friends (or come by yourself) and spend your Wednesday night at an event where you know everyone else is there for the same reason. 

We'll be offering cards with "big talk" conversational questions on them to get you started. Not feeling like answering a particular question? No worries, we have plenty to choose from, like, "When are you the happiest?" "What's one part of your life that you wish you could give more attention to? What's getting in the way of you giving more attention to it?" and, "If you were going to become close friends with me, what would I need to know about you?" We'll give you some structure and ground rules to make sure everyone feels comfortable and safe sharing as much of themselves as possible. We'll strive to provide a space where you can push your comfort zone in talking openly while still feeling in complete control of how much you divulge. Ashley, a phone volunteer at a suicide hotline, will be available to talk if tough subjects come up. 

**Close to the beginning of the event, we will organize a PIZZA DELIVERY from Caesar's Pizza and Subs for anyone who wants to order pizza at the event. They have very generously offered us an awesome group discount, so it'll come down to about $1.50 per slice of cheese and $2.00 per slice of pepperoni! Bring cash accordingly! We are not allowed to be directly involved in the ordering process due to city-wide food regulations, but we will help bring together anyone who is interested in ordering food and have an STST volunteer help out. You are also invited to bring your own dinner or eat beforehand or afterward-- no pressure, everyone will be doing their own thing! We will also have an alternative menu available for Momo n Curry if you would like to order something different on your own and don't know much in the area, and you can always order from anyplace you like on your own. Alcohol will be available onsite!**

Check-in for this event will begin around 5:30 pm. Please do your best to arrive before 6 pm so we can begin as close to on time as possible.

Ready to skip the small talk with us? Here's the suggested donation link since entry is on a first come first serve basis-- once we are out of tickets, we will not be able to accommodate folks at the door:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/skip-the-small-talk-at-aeronaut-tickets-35189707362

Want to keep up with our events? Like us at www.Facebook.com/SkiptheSmallTalk! If you want to be the first to get access to tickets, join our BRAND SPANKING NEW mailing list at SkiptheSmallTalk.org. And yes, the rumors are true-- there are pictures of dogs throughout the sign-up process to keep you motivated. ;)

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Jun
20
7:00pm 7:00pm

Skip the Small Talk About Purpose: The Picnic Edition

Tickets available until sold out here.

 

***TICKET LINK: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/skip-the-small-talk-about-purpose-the-picnic-edition-tickets-35266636459

Do you care about the impact you’re having on the world around you? Do you want to make sure your actions and your career remain consistent with your values, even when there’s pressure to do otherwise? How do you want your professional life to fit into the rest of your life? 

Whether you’re pretty sure you already know what’s important to you and how to make choices that optimize for those, or whether this is the first time you’ve asked yourself those questions, join us for a picnic dinner where we’ll talk about the ethical questions that float around in your head in the middle of the night (whatever those happen to be for you).

The evening will be structured and facilitated by Skip the Small Talk, an organization that designs interactions where you get to talk about the stuff that actually matters. This event is a collaboration with Engineering Activism: Activist Training for Technical People.

We will guide your conversations about your personal priorities and values, your fears and concerns, and your hopes for the future. We’re not here to tell you what your values or priorities should be or how you should go about pursuing them; we’re here to help you talk and think that through, yourself. Once you’ve triangulated on what’s important to you, we’ll lead a research-based goal-setting exercise, complete with strategies for what to do when things don’t go according to plan.

We’ll have sandwiches with gluten-free, veggie, and vegan options, so let us know if you have any other dietary restrictions! You are also welcome to bring your own food if you prefer. 

Please arrive a little early so we can check you in and start our conversations on time!

Get tickets in advance because we tend to sell out quickly, and if we hit capacity, we unfortunately won’t be able to sell tickets at the event. If $10 is not feasible for you, please send an e-mail to albert.r.carter@gmail.com. 

*** LOCATION: We'll be on the terrace lawn. There will be signs in case you need help finding it.

***TICKET LINK: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/skip-the-small-talk-about-purpose-the-picnic-edition-tickets-35266636459

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May
10
6:00pm 6:00pm

Skip the Small Talk at Aeronaut

Tickets available until sold out here

Photo: Karonica Davidson

Photo: Karonica Davidson

Do you wish you could have more of the kinds of conversations you have late at night where for some reason, you feel safe talking about the things you actually care about? 

Bring your friends (or come by yourself) and spend your Wednesday night at an event where you know everyone else is there for the same reason. 

We'll be offering cards with "big talk" conversational questions on them to get you started. Not feeling like answering a particular question? No worries, we have plenty to choose from, like, "When are you the happiest?" "What's one part of your life that you wish you could give more attention to? What's getting in the way of you giving more attention to it?" and, "If you were going to become close friends with me, what would I need to know about you?" We'll give you some structure and ground rules to make sure everyone feels comfortable and safe sharing as much of themselves as possible. We'll strive to provide a space where you can push your comfort zone in talking openly while still feeling in complete control of how much you divulge. Ashley, a phone volunteer at a suicide hotline, will be available to talk if tough subjects come up. 

**Close to the beginning of the event, we will organize a PIZZA DELIVERY from Caesar's Pizza and Subs for anyone who wants to order pizza at the event. They have very generously offered us an awesome group discount, so it'll come down to about $1.50 per slice of cheese and $2.00 per slice of pepperoni! Bring cash accordingly! We are not allowed to be directly involved in the ordering process due to city-wide food regulations, but we will help bring together anyone who is interested in ordering food and have an STST volunteer help out. You are also invited to bring your own dinner or eat beforehand or afterward-- no pressure, everyone will be doing their own thing! We will also have an alternative menu available for Momo n Curry if you would like to order something different on your own and don't know much in the area, and you can always order from anyplace you like on your own. Alcohol will be available onsite!**

Check-in for this event will begin around 5:30 pm. Please do your best to arrive before 6 pm so we can begin as close to on time as possible.

Ready to skip the small talk with us? Here's the suggested donation link since entry is on a first come first serve basis-- once we are out of tickets, we will not be able to accommodate folks at the door: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/skip-the-small-talk-at-aeronaut-tickets-33790016850

Want to keep up with our events? Like us at www.Facebook.com/SkiptheSmallTalk! If you want to be the first to get access to tickets, join our BRAND SPANKING NEW mailing list at SkiptheSmallTalk.org. And yes, the rumors are true-- there are pictures of dogs throughout the sign-up process to keep you motivated. ;)

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Apr
22
9:00am 9:00am

Ashley Talks at the What I Make Conference

Ashley Kirsner Skip the Small Talk at What I Make Conference

Ashley Kirsner is a bubbly powerhouse of a woman who is encouraging people throughout Boston to Skip the Small Talk by sitting down and having real conversations.

Learn why Ashley is passionate about skipping the small talk during her talk and then sit down and learn how she does it in her workshop at WhatIMake: 2017!

Tickets available here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/whatimake-2017-tickets-29583853101

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Apr
12
6:00pm 6:00pm

Skip the Small Talk at Aeronaut

Photo: Michael Goodman

Photo: Michael Goodman

Do you wish you could have more of the kinds of conversations you have late at night where for some reason, you feel safe talking about the things you actually care about? 

Bring your friends (or come by yourself) and spend your Wednesday night at an event where you know everyone else is there for the same reason. 

We'll be offering cards with "big talk" conversational questions on them to get you started. Not feeling like answering a particular question? No worries, we have plenty to choose from, like, "When are you the happiest?" "What's one part of your life that you wish you could give more attention to? What's getting in the way of you giving more attention to it?" and, "If you were going to become close friends with me, what would I need to know about you?" We'll give you some structure and ground rules to make sure everyone feels comfortable and safe sharing as much of themselves as possible. We'll strive to provide a space where you can push your comfort zone in talking openly while still feeling in complete control of how much you divulge. Ashley, a phone volunteer at a suicide hotline, will be available to talk if tough subjects come up. 

**Close to the beginning of the event, we will organize a PIZZA DELIVERY from Caesar's Pizza and Subs for anyone who wants to order pizza at the event. They have very generously offered us an awesome group discount, so it'll come down to about $1.50 per slice of cheese and $2.00 per slice of pepperoni! Bring cash accordingly! We are not allowed to be directly involved in the ordering process due to city-wide food regulations, but we will help bring together anyone who is interested in ordering food and have an STST volunteer help out. You are also invited to bring your own dinner or eat beforehand or afterward-- no pressure, everyone will be doing their own thing! We will also have an alternative menu available for Momo n Curry if you would like to order something different on your own and don't know much in the area, and you can always order from anyplace you like on your own. Alcohol will be available onsite!**

Check-in for this event will begin around 5:30 pm. Please do your best to arrive before 6 pm so we can begin as close to on time as possible.

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Feb
22
6:00pm 6:00pm

Skip the Small Talk at Aeronaut

Photo: Ashley Kirsner

Photo: Ashley Kirsner

We utilized our research-informed structure and cards with thought-provoking questions on them to help strangers get to that magical conversational place where they feel like they can talk about anything at Aeronaut Brewing Company in Somerville, MA. 

We sold out days before the event, and we met a lot of fantastic folks who come back for more small-talk skipping regularly. We continue to hold these Skip the Small Talks at Aeronaut monthly.

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Jan
12
6:00pm 6:00pm

Skip the Small Talk at Aeronaut

Photo: Karonica Davidson

Photo: Karonica Davidson

We utilized our research-informed structure and cards with thought-provoking questions on them to help strangers get to that magical conversational place where they feel like they can talk about anything at Aeronaut Brewing Company in Somerville, MA. 

We sold out days before the event, and we met a lot of fantastic folks who come back for more small-talk skipping regularly. We continue to hold these Skip the Small Talks at Aeronaut monthly.

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Dec
29
6:30pm 6:30pm

Skip the Small Talk Prom

Photo: Michael Goodman

Photo: Michael Goodman

We held our first Skip the Small Talk Prom at Dorchester Brewing Company. It was way more fun and a LOT less awkward than high school prom. We asked folks to show up in fabulous attire, whatever that meant to them. Nick Arango, a local fusion dance teacher, taught partner dancing before a Skip the Small Talk. We used our research-based structure and cards with thought-provoking questions on them to get strangers talking in a low-stress way about topics that help people feel more connected to each other. We ended with a dance party, featuring a spontaneous conga line that took over the brewery.

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Dec
15
6:00pm 6:00pm

Skip the Small Talk at Aeronaut

Photo: Michael Goodman

Photo: Michael Goodman

We utilized our research-informed structure and cards with thought-provoking questions on them to help strangers get to that magical conversational place where they feel like they can talk about anything at Aeronaut Brewing Company in Somerville, MA. 

We sold out days before the event, and we met a lot of fantastic folks who come back for more small-talk skipping regularly. We continue to hold these Skip the Small Talks at Aeronaut monthly.

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Nov
22
6:00pm 6:00pm

Skip the Small Talk at WeWork

Photo: Karonica Davidson

Photo: Karonica Davidson

We utilized our research-informed structure and cards with thought-provoking questions on them to help strangers feel comfortable talking to each other for our event at WeWork: South Station in Boston. We started the night off offering research-based tips for how to skip the small talk at work, and we practiced those methods throughout the event.

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Nov
16
6:00pm 6:00pm

Skip the Small Talk: Election Edition

Photo: Karonica Davidson

Photo: Karonica Davidson

We utilized our research-informed structure and cards with thought-provoking questions on them to help strangers get to that magical conversational place where they feel like they can talk about anything at Aeronaut Brewing Company in Somerville, MA. Since emotions were running high after the 2016 presidential election, we offered the option of talking about the election as well as talking about anything but the election, along with a primer about how to use mindfulness techniques to have productive conversations with those who disagree. We built in several mindfulness exercises into the evening as practice.

We sold out days before the event, and we met a lot of fantastic folks who come back for more small-talk skipping regularly. We continue to hold these Skip the Small Talks at Aeronaut monthly.

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Oct
12
6:30pm 6:30pm

Skip the Small Talk at Aeronaut

Photo: Karonica Davidson

Photo: Karonica Davidson

Our first Skip the Small Talk as it exists in its current form took place at Aeronaut Brewing Company in Somerville, MA. We brought the same research-informed structure to help folks feel comfortable opening up to each other, and we refined our cards with thought-provoking questions on them to help strangers get to that magical conversational place where they feel like they can talk about anything. It worked. We sold out days before the event, and we met a lot of fantastic folks who come back for more small-talk skipping regularly. We continue to hold these Skip the Small Talks at Aeronaut monthly.

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Jun
24
6:00pm 6:00pm

Skip the Small Talk BYOPicnic

Photo: Coco McCabe

Photo: Coco McCabe

Over fifty people skipped the small talk with us at the Boston Common, including a large group of people who met that night and went out for drinks together after the event. 

We used the same pieces of paper with questions written on them from the first event to help strangers get to know each other. Research-based facilitation ensured that people felt as comfortable as possible opening up to each other.

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Jun
15
6:00pm 6:00pm

Skip the Small Talk Dinner

"Do you wish you could have more of the kinds of conversations you have late at night where for some reason, you feel safe talking about the things you actually care about?"

That's what we asked on our Facebook event, and the answer was an overwhelming, "Yes." Five hundred eighty-seven people said they were interested and eighty-six said they were going. We were able to accommodate fifty of those folks for a picnic dinner at JFK Park in Cambridge, MA.

Ashley, our founder, wrote thought-provoking questions on pieces of paper and devised a structure for strangers to ask each other those questions. She used psychology research on co-experience, decision-making, and more to inform those questions as well as the format so that attendees would feel open to talking with strangers. People stayed hours after the event was supposed to end and they asked for more events, so she kept 'em coming.

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