Conversations with Strangers
We are living in a world that’s more connected than ever yet somehow it feels that instead of coming closer together, we are often pushing further apart.
At Aristotle’s Cafe we work to change that with our unique approach to Facilitated discussions.
We engage with friends and strangers while giving people time to discuss important topics. Everyone who joins Aristotle’s Cafe can share their opinion freely.
What to Expect at Aristotle’s Cafe
Imagine a group of friends and strangers sitting in a circle and discussing interesting topics. Aristotle’s Cafe session’s starts with each participant writing down their own unique question.
Step 1: Participants Write a Question
This can be any question, but it’s best if it’s not easy to answer with a simple “Yes” or “No”
Step 2: The Group Chooses Which Question to Start With
Discussions last approximately 1 hour, it’s never easy to predict which question we’ll start with or the direction that question will lead us.
Step 3: Reflecting on the Discussion
Finally, after the discussion has ended it’s important to think about the opinions that were brought up – finding your own meaning and value inside of what was shared.
Growing up with a Father from Iran and an American-Jewish Mother I had a lot of different cultures and strong beliefs to confront from a very young age.
I was a shy and awkward child, soft-spoken and often times misunderstood. I had all of these deep thoughts and feelings inside of me and I had no way to express them properly. Attending University I noticed that although I was learning a lot inside of the classroom, many times I still felt disconnected to the wider community outside of my group of friends.
When I designed Aristotle’s Cafe I wanted to address people’s need to be respected, engaged, and given voice in a safe environment.
After 13 Years I can say truthfully that it’s been the most valuable experience of my life. I’ve had the pleasure of holding meaningful (and sometimes difficult) conversations in North America, Europe, and Asia. It’s brought me closer to the people and cultures I’ve lived in, but it’s also brought me closer to myself.
Aristotle’s Cafe is all about letting every voice be heard. Listen to the stories and testimonials below to get a sense of the impact our community is making. If you feel inspired, join us, volunteer, or become a Facilitator.
Want to Make a Difference?
Your Actions Matter
Bringing people together and creating a space for someone to be heard is a powerful thing.
Sometimes we forget how good it feels to be listened to. Aristotle’s Cafe Facilitators and participants come together for a 1-hour session to give one another the chance to be part of a community of respect and different perspectives.
Holding these sessions gives people confidence and allows individuals to improve their leadership, critical thinking, public speaking, active listening skills, cultural intelligence, personal development, and communication skills. All of which will help them in our ever-globalizing and diverse world.
If you are interested and ready to make a difference, we have a Facilitation training course so you can lead these type of discussions in your own community.
“We can always learn more from other people, but first – we have to ask the right questions” – Aristotle’s Cafe
We value all people, opinions, and ideas. We create a space where all voices can be heard.
Life-long learning is a pillar of Aristotle’s Cafe, we find joy in new perspectives and actively pursue knowledge.
It’s more important than ever to communicate effectively to be able to make a positive change.