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Conversare – underpinning principles and values

May 29, 2017 |  by  |  Uncategorized  |  No Comments

Conversare is for people who wish to open up their lives. People who recognise that these novel events are an enjoyable and intriguing way of doing this, whatever their stage of life. These are adventurous spirits who recognise that this interesting new way of socialising could be a step into the unknown, being different from how they usually relate to the world around them and with the potential to have unexpected outcomes. Conversare events are designed to provide invigorating and enjoyable experiencing for all participants through interacting with people they have not met previously. While it might at first sight this could...

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Conversare – currently in holding position in the Adelaide Central Market while moving along elsewhere

April 30, 2017 |  by  |  Uncategorized  |  No Comments

As mentioned recently Conversare in the Market is in abeyance for the moment while alternative promotional  approaches are being considered. For there appears to be two ‘spirit of the times’ at play.  One is the ever present desire to connect deeply with others – including strangers  - as in times before security guards came on the scene. This spirit may be thought of as described here: "The mood [in my local café] among the customers was unusually good humoured. As I stood there, enjoying the pastry smells and the friendliness of the place, I felt that I had stepped into a generous little...

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Conversare – having a rethink in the Market, with an offer on hosting and a request for input on promotion

March 31, 2017 |  by  |  Uncategorized  |  No Comments

Conversare in the Market is in abeyance for the foreseeable future. This arises from there being few bookings of late. While ‘curious’ this is perhaps not surprising give the Christmas and January holiday breaks followed by ‘Mad March’ here given over to the Adelaide Festival of the Arts and the Adelaide Fringe. And so it’s back to the drawing board, in conjunction with the office of the General Manager of the Adelaide Central Market. With the thought that our promotion may need ‘tweaking’. With the thought too that if this experimental project in this venue does not prove to be a ‘goer’...

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Conversare – through which one thing leads to another

August 18, 2013 |  by  |  Uncategorized  |  No Comments

Here’s a nice story on this. It begins with a person being inspired by her participation in a Conversare event in Adelaide to develop a similar enterprise in Melbourne. Kate Barrett-Lennard (reported with her permission) came along at the invitation of a previous participant to one of the Conversare events held at the Whitmore Hotel in Adelaide last year. This led to an ongoing friendship between Kate and my wife Carmen and me. Since then she has moved to live in Melbourne and has held the first of what she hopes will become a series of what she calls Courageous Conversations. She wrote...

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Can we talk? Yes indeed!

August 7, 2013 |  by  |  Uncategorized  |  No Comments

One of my little disappointments in life is that, while in New York City in 2010, I missed seeing the legendary comic Joan Rivers. According to a poster which had caught my eye, she was to perform at a theatre near where I was staying. On arriving there I was puzzled by no sign of anyone else. Which was not surprising at the show was to be the following night, by which time I would be gone! :-( My wishing to see Joan ‘live’ stemmed particularly from knowing of her famous line “Can we talk?” By asking this signature question, Joan invited...

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