Everyone Should Be Respected
Imagine a world in which people had the chance to talk about what really matters.
Here, we believe in engaging with friends and strangers. Giving people time to practice having difficult conversations, on topics that are important. We turn tough topics into smart conversations where everyone is allowed to share their opinion freely.
Conversations with Strangers
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.
After reading all the questions, the group votes on their favorite one to start with. An Aristotle’s Cafe Facilitator then guides the group in a respectful, deep, and diverse conversation.
Aristotle’s Cafe is a safe place to share your ideas and opinions. An outlet for your questions – a place to learn through conversation and free expression. Civilized conversations on challenging topics are possible if we put in the effort.
Step 1: Participants Write a Question
Step 2: The Group Chooses Which Question to Start With
Step 3: Reflecting on the Discussion
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.
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.