according to the world economic forum, in this january 2022 article, ‘meaningful conversations enrich the fabric of our daily lives. they bring a sense of wonder, interconnectedness and familiarity to our interactions and serve as the groundwork for a more functional society. understanding the “other” as a weak tie can broaden and strengthen our idea of community. in times of crisis, many of our connections become weaker and more isolated, which is something to be more mindful of as lockdowns resurge…. as meaningful connections create stronger bonds between the wider community, we can combat loneliness and isolation by conversing at a deeper level.
curiosity, accountability, generosity and humility are values and practices currently missing in the public discourse, which has led to incredible polarization and narrowing space for civil interactions. meaningful conversations can transform our interpersonal reactions and our world, which is why we need more of them.’