Conversare – potential value for diverse organisations and venues

July 31, 2017 |  by  |  Uncategorized

 con versare – to turn or to dance together

“Simple and deep, a spiritual adventure.”
Firti Rasmiti

“For good talk and enlivening connecting, rebuilding community trust and connectivity.”
John Hovell

How do these sound to you, arising as they have from participants in Conversare events?

Which are specifically designed to enable people to experience the deep connectivity inherently longed for in our very nature as human beings,

As expressed by British writer George Monbiot:

“If there is an irrepressible human trait, it’s the determination, against all odds, to reconnect. Though governments seek to atomise and rule, we will keep finding ways to come together. Our social brains forbid any other outcome. They urge us to reach out, even when the world seems hostile.”

This is precisely what Conversare is designed to enable.

Here’s a brief overview of what Converare is and why it may matter to people and organisations, anywhere our little planet.

The basics of Conversare events are simple. For the main activity of this novel kind of socialising is conversation face to face among pairs of participants who have not met previously, over a meal. All present do this, everyone participates fully.  (In what contexts, social or other, does this happen?)

Which means that everyone expresses their interest – and curiosity – in ‘the other’ through careful questioning and associated listening.

And so here is an opportunity to pay someone your full attention ,“The most generous gift you can offer.” Simone Veil


You may also be interested to know that this novel way of being together was invented in Hong Kong in 2009. And since has been being conducted in diverse countries, including the United States, England, Indonesia and the Philippines.

With developments most recently in Adelaide in Australia.  Initially in a pub in the CBD (Central Business District) and more recently in the nearby Adelaide Central Market.

See Feedback from previous participants.

How do Conversare events differ from other kinds of social gatherings? 

They are hosted by someone who has skills as a facilitator and they are held in public places such as cafes or community centres.

Which means that anyone who wishes to come along is welcome, is quickly set at ease, and has clear guidelines as to the procedure which to be followed.

There are likely a variety of reasons underlying the decision to join in this kind of social event. Among these are to enjoy being in the company of lively, like minded people. And to ‘do something different’.

While perhaps being mainly, or even entirely, among people not met before, nonetheless feel confident and secure in appreciating that everyone present will treat each other with respect. And also will leave likely feeling that they have had an enjoyable – perhaps even enlightening – experience.

And also perhaps being intrigued by the sense of there is no knowing of what may come of this seemingly initially unusual connecting with people in this wholesome and fascinating way?


If you are interested in more details of the process and principles which underly Conversare events see here and here.

Again, if this resonates with you, how may this help to fulfill a desire you may have to promote closer connections among people in your ‘orbit’?

For here is a possible way in which you may do this, either in an organisation which may see benefit in staging ‘connecting’ type events for your people. Who may be one of your own people.  Or more likely a person with a background and passion for facilitating who could learn the skills inherent in doing this – an external host.

What am I leading up to?

A new resource is becoming available potentially to a wide range of organisations. By this I mean that places or organisations which wish to stage this novel kind of social event may do so by taking on the services of people with skills and know how to assist in their conduct.

This is different from the way this new process has been conducted to date.  Which has been largely at my group’s initiative to arrange with the owners of particular venues to host the events, make arrangements for the associated food components and do the marketing.

What kind of organisations may find of great value to have Conversare events for their organisations or venues?


Who may find of great value to conduct Conversare events in their venues or for members of their organisations?  

Among the possibilities which come to mind are:


Managers and proprietors of cafes, hotels and community centres who recognise the potential value of offering something interesting and different to their visitors and members.

For more on this see here.


.  Profit and not-for- profit in which the management appreciates that making time out for colleagues/staff to get to know each other personally can bring substantial benefits to all concerned.

. Community based organisations who have similar perspectives as the above in relation to their culture .

. Religious organisations. Likewise.

. Operators of high density accommodation such as apartments who see that part of their service to residents is to enable them to meet in this way, if they wish.

. Universities and other tertiary institutions who see that among their role is to enabling foreign students to meet with local people – students and others – for their mutual benefit.

. Migrant welfare organisations and others concerned with the wellbeing of newcomers to a place.

Less pragmatically – perhaps – but which nonetheless may stir spirits <smile> are these comments by two people whom I happened to meet, in person, in upstate New York  and in Boston, USA, a few days apart in 2010:

“Participation is the key to the future of the human race. Participation in families, in politics … Participation will save the human race – if we are saved.”
Pete Seeger. Folksinger and environmental activist, at aged 89


“Massive participation in healing the planet becoming a great source of pride for the global citizenry is one of the main hopes for the future.” (slightly paraphrased)
Paul Raskin. Director of the Great Transition Initiative.

Looking forward to receiving comments on the ideas and potential applications which you may have found of potential value to you.

Go well




Alan Stewart, PhD
Social Artist
Facilitator of Conversations that Matter and Participatory Fun

Senior Fulbright Scholar
Blog: Conversare
Web:  Multimind Solutions
Mob: +61(0)413848680

Member: National Trouble Makers Union

Based in Adelaide, South Australia



“Whenever we treat each other well good things happen.”




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