On Connecting To Strangers
The Sidewalk Talk Blog
The Heidelberg Sidewalk Talk listeners pulled up chairs in the freezing cold Monday night on an empty stretch of sidewalk and made it warm with connection. What if our communities were places of belonging? What problems could we solve in the world if this was our reality? Pictured are people from all over the world in this very diverse city speaking many different languages.
Are you responsible for Sidewalk Talk’s movement to create culture change one heart-centered conversation at a time?
You probably are and don’t even know it.
You are a Sidewalk Talk creator if you;
What do you feel inside when you let yourself really register how Sidewalk Talk is because of you?
Let that wash over you for a second.
Every little thing you choose to do to keep this Sidewalk Talk bus driving along the highway, banners out the windows, gas in the bus, is you raising your hand and saying “Look I see all the problems in the world and I know we can solve them if we can first connect."
"Everything I want to change in this world is possible from the starting point of heart-centered dialogue.”
If you have not yet become a part of the Sidewalk Talk awakening rippling across the world to wake up hearts to make us healthier, happier, and wiser, what would be different about your daily well being if you were fully on board?
How would it feel to say out loud to people you know “Yeah human connection is the thing that is going to save us. We cannot be healthy people, with a healthy planet, with healthy equality, and healthy politics unless we prioritize connection to each other no matter how different we are.”
Sidewalk Talk has very concrete impacts on the world.
Sidewalk Talk is in 92 locations across 15 countries - we have doubled in size since last year.
Our goal is to create more ease and joy for chapter leaders, a clear link to their impact, and more frequently listening everywhere. The big goal is to listen to 11,000 people a month around the globe. Can you imagine the ripple effects of that?
Here is what Sidewalk Talk does with money we earn:
1. First, all money goes to Social Good who are our bosses so they have to approve what we do with our money.
2. Money is making our impact 3x more efficient. In the old days we didn’t even have a website! Here is our stance on money.
3. Our mission of connection guides our growth. Intentional growth keeps us out of “harmful hustle” that leads to the disconnection problem in the first place. What is coming? A global and diverse advisory board is coming together to keep our heart focus and inclusion to all voices central and we are crafting a community voting system to influence direction. Everything we do with marketing messaging and partnering activities must have service rather than growth as its core ethic.
So if you are new to us, these are how we move through the world.
You are here because this is your mission. You have been called to it.
We invite you to stretch by asking others to join in.
For #GivingTuesday we need 100 monthly angel investors to get fully behind this mission with a monthly investment.
Maybe you are called to be that monthly angel investor. Or maybe you are called to go find those angels. You are making the world a better place.
Thank you for taking this stand to create connection, inclusion, belonging, and wellness in a divided and disconnected world.
I am a woman, therapist, wife, mom, friend, listener, and founder/leader of Sidewalk Talk. You can subscribe to my couples therapy list here.