Friday, January 16, 2015

Feel Good Friday - Free Convo

Free what now?

Conversation! Online communication has become the default way to connect. While it's extremely handy and a way to reach many people at once, it's just not the same as talking to people in person. On this Feel Good Friday I want to let you know about a group of people that's encouraging us to sit down and talk to one another.

FreeConvo is a group created in 2013 by Michael Scotto and Tony Cai. Their goal is "connecting real people in the real world."

It started when the founders sat on an abandoned couch in Brooklyn and wrote "free conversations" on the back of a pizza box. 7 hours of conversing later, they realized they were on to something. You can read more details of the origin story here.

Now the people of FreeConvo, which includes many volunteers, set up inflatable couches around New York, hold up their "Free Conversation!" signs and start talking. To get an idea of what it's like, you can watch this 3 minute intro video or go to their video page to meet the people on the couches.

As stated on their Facebook page, "Each FreeConvo session turns into hours of sharing ideas, forming connections, and gaining new perspectives - all with people who have never met before. We love what we do and hope to meet you soon!"

If that doesn't make you want to take a trip to New York, I don't know what will! Before you go, like their Facebook page and follow them on Twitter @freeconvo so you'll know where to find them. You can also always strike up a conversation with people you encounter in your world, no inflatable couch necessary.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This is awesome! What a lovely idea!