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Talking Park Bench

A place for conversations that connect and inspire

at a park bench? get started

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Intro


Talking Park Bench

A place for conversations that connect and inspire

at a park bench? get started

 

Yo-Yo Ma once said “Good things happen when you meet strangers.” We agree.

Cities are hives of social activity, but sometimes they can also make us feel lonely. We want to change that.

We are taking the archetypal symbol of public space, the humble park bench, and dressing it up a little to improve social inclusion at a local level by encouraging conversations. With a little help from conversation starters, you can step outside your everyday, follow your curiosity and get lost in a conversation with a companion, whether stranger or friend.

Talking park benches can pop up anywhere and can be created by anyone; they can be temporary or permanent, themed or general.

Join our growing community of people passionate about great conversations, human-scale cities, urban mindfulness and social inclusion.

 

Curious to try it yourself?

Want to be inspired by stories and stay informed about opportunities?

Is there somewhere you’d like to see a talking park bench?

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“When you talk to strangers, you’re making beautiful interruptions into the expected narrative of your daily life - and theirs.”

Kio Stark

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“When you talk to strangers, you’re making beautiful interruptions into the expected narrative of your daily life - and theirs.”

Kio Stark

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"Sometimes one feels freer speaking to a stranger than to people one knows."

Carlos Ruiz Zafon

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"Sometimes one feels freer speaking to a stranger than to people one knows."

Carlos Ruiz Zafon

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