BIG TALK Fulbright Research Update

My Fulbright Research Project aim for the 2017-2018 year working at the National University of Singapore's Department of New Media Communications is to build a BIG TALK framework that helps people bridge communication gaps and facilitates in-person meaningful conversations, while addressing the question of whether we can build a narrative of targeted discussion points paired with guidelines that will help people “make BIG TALK” on their own in various interpersonal situations across boundaries of different social environments.

During my Fulbright year in Singapore, I plan to work towards these five goals:

1. Release an online BIG TALK video submission platform for anyone in the world to submit and upload their own BIG TALK videos to.

2. Publish a new set of BIG TALK questions and guidelines based on research gathered through interviews, articles, and data.

3. Develop a framework for a course that teaches practical applications for using BIG TALK with different groups of Singaporeans, such as students, migrant workers, professionals, and soldiers.

4. Write a journalistic collection of scenes / short stories about my BIG TALK conversations with people in Singapore.

5. Create a short documentary film on a topic that emerges from my research.

This month I led a BIG TALK icebreaker activity at the U.S. Ambassador's Residence for the U.S. Embassy's Annual Exchange Alumni Dinner.

This month I led a BIG TALK icebreaker activity at the U.S. Ambassador's Residence for the U.S. Embassy's Annual Exchange Alumni Dinner.