Edmonton’s Buddy Benches

1 07 2017

https://www.edmonton.ca/programs_services/for_communities/buddy-benches.aspx

The City of Edmonton is hoping more citizens will sit down and chat with a stranger on their new Buddy Benches, which were unveiled Tuesday and will be placed throughout the city.

“It’s for people like me who get lonely when they retire and they don’t have anybody to talk to,” said Dianne Kuntz, whose grandchildren came up with the idea.

The benches are part of a pilot project partnership with CITYlab and were unveiled at Churchill Retirement Residence on Tuesday.

http://www.metronews.ca/news/edmonton/2017/06/27/urban-isolation-to-take-a-back-seat-with-new-buddy-benches.html

 

 

Other Edmonton works –
Yellow is for Hello/  The Friendship Bench – http://www.metronews.ca/news/edmonton/2017/03/24/university-hopes-benches-spark-mental-health-discussions-.html

 

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Montreal’s Familar Strangers

5 05 2015

A great article showing data about bus user frequencies and the possible social nature of different bus routes.

‘Familiar strangers are people we encounter often, but ignore. Even in enormous cities, our regular routines have us running into them all the time. But while the “concept” of familiar strangers is interesting, it’s rather difficult to quantify. Still, we wondered: is it possible to retrace the steps of an entire city to figure out who met who? Yes — it is.

https://medium.com/@transitapp/montreal-s-familiar-strangers-6b224f3cc9c3

(Hattip to David)





Words I Never Said

18 03 2011

I’m enjoying the new Lupe Fiasco album, and always did admire his lyrics. “Words I Never Said” is more a political statement, but had found some of the words also relate to things we don’t say in our more personal interactions and conversations

[Skylar Grey – Chorus]
It’s so loud inside my head
With words that I should have said!
As I drown in my regrets
I can’t take back the words I never said, never said
I can’t take back the words I never said

[Lupe Fiasco – Verse 3]
I think that all the silence is worse than all the violence
Fear is such a weak emotion thats why I despise it
We scared of almost everything, afraid to even tell the truth
So scared of what you think of me, I’m scared of even telling you
Sometimes I’m like the only person I feel safe to tell it to
I’m locked inside a cell in me, I know that there’s a jail in you
Consider this your bailing out, so take a breath, inhale a few
My screams is finally getting free, my thoughts is finally yelling through





Conversation Meals at The School of Life

19 02 2011

Via School of Life- http://www.theschooloflife.com/Meals

Forget what your parents told you about not talking to strangers. We regularly host meals in which strangers (just as initially hesitant, shy, and yet curious as you are) come together in unique spaces in London to explore experiences, ideas, regrets and aspirations with the help of some of the big thinkers of the past.

We think that knowing how to have entertaining and meaningful conversations is a skill worth practising, so we provide diners with a specially-designed conversation menu inspired by the ideas of history’s movers and shakers that ensures you don’t end up talking about the congestion charge or nervously reaching for the diminishing bread basket.

Come alone or with a friend, and expect the sort of stimulating and heart-warming conversations we have all dreamt of having, but so rarely do.

One of their past events was “Curry with Ghandi” – conversation and themed food! = awesome idea





It’s the unexpected that changes our lives

16 02 2011

Via Image Quotes  – http://imagequotes.tumblr.com/page/51

It’s the unexpected that changes our lives

http://justalittlebitlouder.tumblr.com/post/2420177105

 

How about you talk to me first.





your life is a story

16 02 2011

Via We Heart It – http://weheartit.com/entry/7171892

Your Life is a Story

(..so share it)





someone to talk to

16 02 2011

Via We Heart It – http://weheartit.com/entry/4214416

Sometimes, I just need someone to talk to.