Conversare – be prepared to be surprised, in experience and place

February 28, 2015 |  by  |  Uncategorized  |  No Comments

In the past few weeks I have mentioned to a number of people that there is a new venue in the offing for this kind of socialising in which the essence is to share a meal with a stranger in a public place. The invariable response is “How fascinating! Please let me know when this happens.” And when I ask what appeals about this prospect responses include: “I love the idea of meeting new people in a context in which it is quite safe to do so.” “This way of meeting people could be so interesting.” “I am new to Adelaide and this sounds...

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Conversare as a way to co-create cultures of confidence

January 31, 2015 |  by  |  Uncategorized  |  No Comments

Are you aware that culture shapes the way we converse with each other? By culture is meant ‘the way we do things around here.’ What if the culture of our communities is based  squarely on self-confidence of those concerned? Bearing in mind these foundations: . The word Conversation derives from the Latin con versare – to turn or to dance together. . Making time to converse is at the heart of human warmth. . We are in this together and to treat each other well. . Whoever comes are the right people. . Interacting confidently can produce most unexpected gifts for all concerned. Could being conscious of...

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Conversare – empathy experienced

December 28, 2014 |  by  |  Uncategorized  |  No Comments

  This note is written in a context of chaos – at least this is how it feels to me. Our house is full of cardboard boxes scavenged locally for the purpose of packing up our worldly goods to transport them to our new home in a couple of days time. For we are moving out of the CBD (central business district) of Adelaide where we having been living since our return from six happy years based in Hong Kong in 2011. And going to a suburb called Semaphore which is by the seaside. In the midst of this Christmas day was...

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Conversare – an opportunity to give of ourselves, thoughtfully

November 30, 2014 |  by  |  Uncategorized  |  No Comments

In my previous post. I touched on the fact that loneliness is reportedly widespread in modern urban life. Some of this, I contend, can be attributed to people having poor conversational skills. By this I mean that the ability to engage in ways which show genuine interest in ‘the other’ is not well developed. Nor is the related skill of careful listening. Would you go along with this contention? Among the reasons for this is that nowhere in our educational experience is there a specific focus on what conversation is and why having good skills – particularly in listening and questioning - as...

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Conversare and the alleviation of loneliness

October 27, 2014 |  by  |  Uncategorized  |  No Comments

This kind of socialising, getting together in a public place with a host to do the welcoming, is simple to organise and to host, with a little experience. Whoever does this quickly appreciates how much pleasure and fun this can be for participants. And how satisfying this is, for likely diverse reasons. Among these are the sheer joy of engaging in lively conversation, partly with others who you happen to ‘bump into’ and particularly with the person with whom you have a meal. Likely the prospect of doing this will bring to mind memorable encounters with strangers you have had while...

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