What if a conversation with a new person was more than just small talk? What if you had the opportunity to have a meaningful exchange with a stranger and spark a new relationship, new ideas, and new outlooks on life? Would you take it?
Following on from the success of our first event in 2017, Sydney Global Shapers invite you to come dine with us at the Feast of Strangers!
The Feast of Strangers is an event based on an original idea by Oxford scholar Theodore Zeldin (http://www.oxfordmuse.com/). The events pair two strangers together for sincere, rewarding exchanges that probe beyond small talk. You are each given a ‘Menu of Conversation’ but instead of descriptions of food dishes, each heading contains topics to talk about, 25 in all. A ‘Muse’ then introduces the meal and explains how the evening will work, which can take about two hours.
We invite you to step outside your comfort zone and be open to not only learning more about another person but also about yourself. This is, in many ways, what life is all about! We encourage you to bring your friends along but know that you won’t be dining with them, you will be paired with someone you have never met!
Sydney Muse – Feast of Strangers will be held at Camperdown Commons. The cost of your ticket goes towards covering venue hire and providing dinner.
Drinks and other non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase during the evening.
Be sure to book early as capacity is limited!
If you have any questions, please email Ben Gill at email@example.com
Frequently Asked Questions
Q) So I really talk to one person for two hours?
A) Yes, for real. One person. Two hours. At first, it’s kind of awkward and uncomfortable and nearly everyone is a little anxious beforehand. But, you embrace the weirdness confidently knowing that of the 120 people who’ve been through our previous events, none have ever reported a bad time. It really isn’t too bad and can be kind of beautiful if you let it.
Q) Can I leave if I don’t like the person?
A) Yes, you are your own person and can make your own decisions. Though remember the point of this isn’t necessarily to make friends. There will be opinions you don’t agree with. There may even be some conflict. If you approach it with an open and curious mind (as opposed to trying to win an argument) you may find you learn something new and gain a new sense of appreciation of an opposing view. This being said, all conversationalists are asked to be respectful of each other’s differences and if at any point you feel uncomfortable, please let one of the event coordinators know.
Q) What’s for dinner?
A number of hot and cold platters will be provided on the night for conversationalists to enjoy dinner together. There will be a range of options to cater for the various dietary requirements, though do let us know of any specific allergies/requirements when purchasing your ticket.
The event is hosted by the Sydney Global Shapers Hub, an initiative of the World Economic Forum. The Global Shapers Community is a network of Hubs developed and led by young people who are exceptional in their potential, their achievements, and their drive to make a contribution to their communities. For more information please visit https://www.globalshapers.org/.