I first read about 365 Meaningful Conversations on page 5 of the May 7, 2018 Woodinville Weekly (Making a Difference One Conversation at a Time). I was intrigued.
Audrey Phillips sells packs of 365 notecards, each enlivened with an inspirational quote, a question about the quote and one of Ms. Phillips’ fanciful drawings (which remind me of Keith Haring and I approve!), purposely designed to foster communication and connection among people. The cards aren’t the silly daydreams of a young girl. Ms. Phillips has a degree in Education from Bowdoin College, put in solid research to develop her materials, and they’re field-tested. They work. People respond to the cards with a relief that they are (finally) getting permission to be more open, honest and vulnerable in dialogue than might be typical in American society. The cards also facilitate reciprocity in discussions, something else which may not be typical.
Ms. Phillips of course hopes to be a successful entrepreneur through sales of her cards. But her greater hope is to travel the US, coordinating Meaningful Conversation Events in every state. She would turn the adventure and those exchanges into a book. I wish her bonne chance and bon voyage!
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