Take a seat and start a conversation
Sit on the Conversation Chair and make a connection
You can do it with strangers, or friends, and it won’t take long. If you are open to it, you should feel really good. Sitting and having a conversation with a total stranger may sound terrifying to some. But it’s the aim of the Sameness Project’s ‘Conversation Chair’.
This weekend, at the Lululemon clothing store in Mall of the Emirates, the chair will be set up for people looking to chat.
Founder of the Sameness Projec, Lina Nahaas says the chair embodies the whole philosophy of her initiative.
She said: “It’s about having a conversation - and people connecting. It’s how to relate to other people on a human level; and find that moment of sameness.”
The idea, where someone simply sits down in a chair, pulls down a balloon, reads the question and starts talking, was inspired by a viral video - The Ball-Pit by Soul Pancake.
In the video, strangers on a street in the US get together in a ball-pit and have meaningful conversations with one another.
Lina explains: “We saw this video and thought it’s such a great idea. Particularly in Dubai - which people often say is so impersonal. You know everyone asks ‘where are you from’, ‘what do you do?’ so this is a way of bringing people together - and talking about deeper things.” Lina already owned the chair - aptly named ‘The Conversation Chair’ from Index 2004 - an award-winning design by Mark Scott, so all that was needed was a bit of encouragement and a few balloons. And if you feel too shy or nervous? Lina says: “It’s for everyone. Often it takes one of us to get the ball rolling, but once it has started, people are naturally inquisitive, and want a turn.
“For those who are shy, it’s fine - you can even just chat with friends on the chair, but I think once you see the concept, you’d want to get involved and speak to a total stranger, and possibly make a new friend.”
The chair will be in Lululemon, MOE until Saturday. See the lululuemondubai page on Facebook.
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