CONVERSATION CAFÉ 

Topic October 28: What is the most useful gadget in your life?

Participants will enter space through “ENTER” Door, and leave through "EXIT" door.

Upon entering there will be a sign in table where one volunteer/staff member will be tending to ensure sign in from participants.

 

Please sign in and sanitize at the sign up table.

 

Participants will be able to enjoy a coffee, tea or water, but please bring your own cup!

 

Masks are required for common area and bathroom, however, not required once seated for conversation.

Windows will be open for air ventilation and circulation.

 

Sanitizer is available at both hallway entrances so participants can sanitize both before and after washroom use.

 

Room is set up in a socially distant manner, please choose one seat and refrain from changing seats during conversation.

 

Please read the PDF of our Conversation Café safety plan below.


 

Tired of small talk? Try some big talk! 
Drop by for conversations that matter.
Wednesdays 10:30 - 11:30am

Conversation Café is an open, hosted conversation where anyone is welcome to join in. There is nothing to join, no homework, no agenda, just a simple process that helps to shift us from small talk to BIG talk--conversations that matter. A simple format helps people feel at ease and gives everyone who wants it a chance to speak—it’s also fine for people to simply listen.

Each week we’ll have a different topic or question to start the conversation, and then where it goes is up to the participants.
 

Conversation Café Agreements:
Open-mindedness: Listen to and respect all points of view.

Acceptance: Suspend judgment as best you can.

Curiosity: Seek to understand rather than persuade.

Discovery: Question assumptions, look for new insights.

Sincerity: Speak from your heart and personal experience.

Brevity: Go for honesty and depth but don’t go on and on.

 

Conversation Café Process:
Assemble up to 8 people plus host, hearty topic, a talking object, and time (60-90 min.). Host explains process and agreements.
 

Round 1: Pass around the talking object; each person speaks briefly to the topic, no feedback or response.

Round 2: Again with talking object, each person deepens their own comments or speaks to what has meaning now.

Dialogue: Open, spirited conversation. Use talking object if there is domination, contention, or lack of focus.

Final Round: With talking object, each person says briefly what challenged, touched or inspired them.

Click here for the Principles of Conversation Cafés


Questions to Go Deeper
What happened that led you to this point of view?
How does this affect you personally?
I’m curious, can you say more about that…
Here’s what I heard…is that what you mean?

Past Conversation Topics Include:
What healthy habit would you like to develop?
What old friend do you wish you were still in touch with?
What "spiritual" practice do you try to practice annually?
What is like to live on the Peninsula?
How do you express love?
Self compassion - what does it mean to you?
What are you looking forward to in 2020
What small, kind gestures make a big difference? 
What’s the best movie you’ve seen recently?What do you find challenging about this season?
What joys and gifts come with age? What are the qualities of a true friend?
How do you practice Rembrance?
 

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