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.