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When Strangers Meet

By: Kio Stark
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Length: 2 hrs and 35 mins
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Turn conventional wisdom on its head, and discover the transformative possibility of talking to people you don't know - a simple yet powerful source of energy that can bring beauty into every day of our lives.

When Strangers Meet argues for the pleasures and transformative possibility of talking to people you don't know. Our lives are increasingly insular. We are in a hurry; our heads are down, minds elsewhere; we hear only the voices we already recognize and rarely take the effort to experience something or someone new. Talking to a stranger pulls you into a shared humanity. It's a source of creative energy. It opens your world, and it cements your relationship to the places you live and work and play. It's a beautiful interruption in the steady routines of our lives. Talking to strangers wakes you up.

Threaded throughout are stories from Stark's own lifelong practices of talking to strangers, documenting brief encounters, and teaching technologists about the dynamics of where, how, and why strangers come together. Ultimately, When Strangers Meet explores the rich meanings that are conjured up in experiences of fleeting intimacy and unexpected connection with strangers in brief conversations. Stark renders visible the hidden processes by which we decide who to trust in passing and the unwritten rules by which these encounters operate. When Strangers Meet teaches listeners how to start talking to strangers and includes adventurous challenges for those who dare. Most of all it's an education in a new way to love the world.

©2016 Kio Stark. All rights reserved. (P)2016 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rigths reserved.

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  • Abhishek
  • 31-10-16

Implementati substance in the last three chapters

Major part of book is context and practice skills are discussed in the end. Context helps understand why the skills would work. However if you know a bit of psychology from other sources and you have lack of time, you could directly tune into last chapters to get the crux of message. Worthwhile read :)

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  • Kitt Cela
  • 22-09-16

Very interesting..made me take notice !

Interesting material. Made me much more aware of my interactions with people and helped make me more social.

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  • Perry
  • 13-09-19

No relevance for me...

I was looking for a book that would help me start conversations with people I don't know - something I am very uncomfortable doing. This book started with promise, but every example seems to be from New York, and often on a subway. Many of the examples were the author's encounters with people she met on the streets in New York that might have initially been preceived as a threat to her safety. None of that applies to my situation, or to the reason I bought the book. Then she told me I was (actually all of us are) the product of institutional racism and white privelege, That did it for me. I would have returned the book, but that option wasn't offered.

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  • Stuart
  • 20-10-18

Insight into unspoken social rules of interaction

This book has some really interesting insights about the unspoken rules of social interactions and how to break through these rules and hopefully get into a meaningful conversation or exchange with a stranger