Edovo Users Make BIG TALK

(See full Blog Post on Edovo's website HERE)

Edovo is a jail educations solutions platform

Edovo is a jail educations solutions platform

Hi, all! This is a partnership I'm REALLY excited for BIG TALK to have a hand in -

Edovo is a jail education solutions platform that works to "expand #education behind bars, reduce #recidivism & improve opportunities for people affected by #incarceration."

Together, we made a BIG TALK course for students. Here is a segment about the outcome from Edovo's blog post -

"Some students told stories about fear and difficulties of adjusting to prison - Others reflected on love, healing, and their hopes and dreams for the next generation. Many students explained how looking back helps them move forward, noting they would like to try BIG TALK with other people.

Everybody has a story, and telling that story can be therapeutic. A prison or jail environment isn’t always the most inviting space for a person’s deepest thoughts. With BIG TALK, our users have both a private space for self-reflection and the tools they need to reflect with others, build relationships and foster empathy.

We look forward to following users’ progress with the series on our platform. In a recent survey, students were eager to get even more BIG TALK materials. “Can you upload a second course this week?” one message read. “I’d like to finish it before I go home.”

Amazing opportunity for College Students: Ozy Genius Awards - Please share with a college student you believe in :)

Hi friends,

This is an amazing opportunity for college students to win up to $10,000 to pursue their dreams. If you have a big idea you want to work on - or if there is a college student in your life who you seriously believe in, please pass it along! :)

Two years ago, the Ozy Genius Awards helped me make many of the ideas I had for growing Big Talk a reality. Now Ozy is running the contest again and the submission deadline is January 20th. 10 students will win up to $10,000 for their summer projects. Website for more details and to apply is OZYGenius.com; hashtag is #OZYGenius

Cheers and happy holidays,


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BIG TALK Course for Edovo Jail Education Solutions & BIG TALK Program for Delegations for Dialogue - Two New Partnerships in Development


Big Talk is excited to announce two new partnerships in development!

Edovo is a jail educations solutions platform that helps incarcerated individuals obtain educational resources and tools:

"At Edovo, our mission is to provide meaningful access to education and self-improvement tools that can unlock the potential of every person affected by incarceration."

"At Edovo, our mission is to provide meaningful access to education and self-improvement tools that can unlock the potential of every person affected by incarceration."

Inmates will have the chance to take a series of BIG TALK courses on the Edovo platform. They will answer journal entry prompts to BIG TALK questions. 



BIG TALK is also developing a programming partnership with Delegations for Dialogue:

Delegations for Dialogue is a progressive, forward-thinking non-profit organisation specialising in establishing innovative travel and education opportunities to those passionate about politics and current affairs.

Delegations for Dialogue is a progressive, forward-thinking non-profit organisation specialising in establishing innovative travel and education opportunities to those passionate about politics and current affairs.

BIG TALK and Delegations for Dialogue will create cross-cultural programs for university students to engage with each other through meaningful dialogue.

Thank you, BIG TALK, 2 Years in the Making!

Two years ago today, on September 15th, 2014, I posted a video to YouTube. In it, I approached several strangers and asked them, "What do you want to before you die?" I had wanted to make more meaningful connections with people and transcend small talk––so I called the project BIG TALK.

In the 731 days since, the idea and video have exceeded my expectations. BIG TALK has helped me to deepen every connection I make. It’s brought me closer to friends, peers, coworkers, family members, fellow travelers, and new acquaintances. Moreover, BIG TALK has helped me to better understand myself.

A year ago I recounted my experiences of starting BIG TALK in a TEDx talk. I’ve since received messages from people all over the world who joined this movement. In the past two weeks, I’ve spoken to: a woman in Germany who hosted a BIG TALK dinner; a teacher in rural India who led a seminar; college students in Canada who now run orientation activities modeled after BIG TALK. In the past seven days, I’ve received BIG TALK questions, ideas, and support from  Singapore, Morocco, Brazil, Australia, Serbia, Costa Rica, Denmark, Dubai, the UK, and Saudi Arabia - to name a few.

Despite what I’ve learned these past two years, I still struggle to answer the question: what is BIG TALK? BIG TALK means so much to me, it is difficult to distill into any singular thing. It is a communication research project, video storytelling series, global social movement, question card game, empathy building tool, online web platform (and those are only naming the ways in which I have used BIG TALK). Two years after its inception, BIG TALK is still evolving.

Most of all, BIG TALK is something I made to help mediate feelings of isolation and disconnection inherent in today’s world. I recently read a TIME.com article in which Justin Worland asserted loneliness to be “the next big public health issue.” I’ve faced feelings of detachment during transitions in my own life, and it hurts to think of anyone else going through the same. BIG TALK, I hope, can alleviate some of this pain. After it was first picked up by the Huffington Post, my world exploded with thoughtful messages and ideas…  At twenty-years-old, I recorded a video promise to myself where I vowed to devote the next two years of my life to growing BIG TALK. I am now twenty-two -- I’ve kept my promise, and I’m not done yet.

I am so grateful for the support and connections I’ve felt with those who also value engaging and making meaningful connections with people near and far. And I am more determined than ever to embark on the next stages of BIG TALK and discover new relationships and collaborations to come!

The very first BIG TALK video that started it all

Submit your own BIG TALK Questions for the new edition of BIG TALK question cards and app!

Do you have an idea for a BIG TALK question? Submit it below, and it might be included in the next edition of the BIG TALK Question Card Game and app (you can order original cards and see ideas for how to play at makebigtalk.com/play-the-question-card-game http://www.makebigtalk.com/play-the-question-card-game/).

Who knows - if your question is original, we might even send you your very own deck of the new cards when they're ready - for free! ;)

Fill out the form here: bit.ly/bigtalkquestionsubmit 

Meaningful Conversations Beyond our Differences - Kalina live on the Dr.Dee Radio Show, Thursday August 4th @ 5 PM PCT, Channel 1 UBN Radio

"Meaningful Conversations Beyond Our Differences"

Kalina Silverman, Founder of BIG TALK & Dr. Dee Gaines, Neuropsychologist, Phd

Thursday, August 4th @ 5pm PCT, Channel 1 UBN Radio.

Join Dr. Dee, NeuroPsychologist, PhD and Kalina Silverman, the founder of BIG TALK, for a discussion on the impacts of making BIG TALK from a Neuropsychological and spiritual perspective.

Listen LIVE and log onto channel 1: http://ubnradio.com/channel-1/Find 

Questions to find Happiness :) - Make BIG TALK with Yourself

Playing with Big Talk Question Cards

My Intent x BIG TALK Question Game is here!

Big Talk is very excited to partner with  Myintent.org to launch this free downloadable question game! This is our "BIG TALK board" (opposite of small talk) that you can play individually or over a dinner party. Please share any feedback and feel free to download, print and play with your friends!

In our quest for meaningful conversations, MyIntent.org is excited to partner with Kalina Silverman to bring you our "...

Posted by Chris Pan on Friday, December 11, 2015

More details soon.

I will be giving a Tedx Talk about Big Talk on November 6th at Westminster College!


I am excited. The theme of the Tedx is "Thou Mayest," -and refers to the idea that humans always have the ability to choose their fates. As individuals, we get to choose if we want to make the world better. Hopefully, I will be able to shed a little light on how making Big Talk has the chance to make the world a bit better for its inhabitants - one meaningful human conversation at a time.


USC Annenberg Innovation Lab x BIG TALK on the Future of Innovation

Since starting BIG TALK, a couple big questions have been on my mind.

What is the true value of innovation and entrepreneurship? And how do we remember to make time to be human in this fast paced technology driven age?

I interviewed the staff at the USC Annenberg Innovation Lab to hear their answers. WATCH the video below!




Excited to share this new video introducing our team and sharing our thoughts on the future of innovation. Enjoy!

Posted by USC Annenberg Innovation Lab on Tuesday, October 20, 2015


By making Big Talk with the staff at the AIL, I relearned the importance of taking time to understand the "why" behind any vision.

When we are building the next "big" tools for the future, we cannot forget who we are building them for.

I will remember this moving forward as I continue to fulfill my vision for Big Talk: inspiring and enabling individuals to make deep and meaningful connections with others.