Celebrating the Power of Conversation to Change the World.
“Have you ever wondered what would happen if the people of the world talked to each other about the most important questions of our times – and the world listened?”
OrangeBand, Conversation Café and dropping knowledge (with help from Skype) are hosting a global Conversation Week at the end of March, celebrating the power of conversation to change the world and the fifth anniversary of the launch of the Conversation Cafes. ‘Serendipitously’, following on my last post, this larger social event is coinciding with the date of our next local Saturday Soup Salon, so in an informal way, we’ll be part of this initiative.
The provocative proposition of Conversation Week: “What if dialogue and deliberation had an Earth Day equivalent, a time to raise awareness and knowledge of the people, organizations, and models we have to promote meaningful conversation?” And what if, instead of one day, we had a whole week – a Conversation Week, March 25-31, 2007, on which to consider some important questions such as the following listed on the website:
- What is the most important question in the world now?
- What can we do now to make life better here?
- What matters most?
- What steps can we easily take now to solve our problems? What more challenging steps we could take that might solve even bigger problems?
- How much is enough? For you? For others?
- What one thing could I do this day that would do the most to help address the world’s problems?
- What question, if answered, do you believe could make the most difference to you, those you love, and the world at large?
- What would a just world be like? What are we doing – or not doing – to have an such a world?
- What do you do when self-interest and the common good seem in conflict?
- What do we owe the future?
- What is freedom for?
- What is the good life?
- What can make life better now and in the future?
- What is the highest leverage action we can take to respond to the challenges of these times?
- What is the economy for?
- To whom or what does my life belong?
- What is our responsibility to each other whether friend or foe?”
- And many more…. see the website or add your own.