P O P - U P   P A R L O R

FOR URBAN EXCHANGE


"A lot of the trouble in the world would disappear if we were talking to each other instead of about each other.”

 —Ronald Reagan

"If you're tired of arguing with strangers on the internet, try to talk with one in real life." 

 —BARACK OBAMA


HOW IT WORKS


WHAT WE DO

 

  • Invite locals & visitors for conversation about the city

  • Connect newcomers, longtimers & visitors from diverse backgrounds

  • Encourage people to share urban ideas & solutions

  • Capture input & insights

  • Make introductions between individuals & initiatives

  • Practice active listening & civil conversation

WHAT WE BRING

 

  • 10x10" Mobile Parlor

  • Consulate travel kit with tent, rug, chairs, trunk, globe, chalkboard & custom question cards

  • Question cards tailored to the location, issue or topic

  • A team of friendly Consulate hosts to engage guests, capture responses & publish insights afterwards


WHERE WE GO

 

  • Neighborhood festivals

  • Public parks & sidewalks

  • Building lobbies

  • Food halls & markets

  • Libraries & museums

  • Vacant lots & storefronts

  • Airports & train stations

  • University campuses

  • Conferences & events


OUR APPROACH

 

  • Work with host or venue to define questions that merit greater attention, awareness & engagement

  • Identify a location with good visibility & foot traffic

  • Ask questions, moderate dialogue & capture responses

  • Share insights with followers, partners & media


WHY CONVERSATION MATTERS


"Know thy neighbor — it's not just a creed to live by, turns out it can save your life. Vibrant, tight-knit communities could fare better in a disaster.” 

 —Steve Inskeep

“It used to be that people were born as part of a community, and had to find their place as individuals. Now people are born as individuals, and have to find their community.” 

 —Bill Bishop


"Face-to-face encounters have become increasingly rare—and because they are rare, they may be more memorable and impactful.” 

 —Kenneth Sherrill

“We found that a single 10-minute conversation with a stranger produced large reductions in prejudice.” 

 —David Broockman

& Joshua Kalla


 

"The most important thing in all human relationships is conversation, but people don't talk anymore, they don't sit down to talk and listen. They go to the cinema, watch television, listen to the radio, read books, update their status on the internet, but they almost never talk. If we want to change the world, we have to go back to a time when warriors would gather around a fire and tell stories."

 —PAUL COEHLO

 

PAST ACTIVATIONS

 

Night Market - Kensington

The Food Trust 

Lancaster Avenue Jazz Festival

People's Emergency Center

Juneteenth Festival

Johnson House, Germantown

Parks on Tap

Columbus Square


Interested in hosting a pop-up parlor?

LET'S TALK ABOUT YOUR LOCATION OR EVENT


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