Partnerships & Research
So far, BIG TALK has worked with private organizations, non-profits, business, and universities and aims to begin work with international peace and conflict studies related projects. If you are interested, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
Fulbright Research Fellowship: "Bridging East West Communications through BIG TALK" and "Evaluating Effects of BIG TALK in Establishing Empathy in Intercultural Contexts."
From August 2017 - May 2018, I am pursuing Fulbright research as a U.S. student representative to Singapore. I am based at the National University of Singapore's Communication School, researching "How to Bridge East-West Communications using BIG TALK," as well as "Evaluating the Effects of Big Talk in Establishing Empathy between Migrant Workers and Local Singaporeans."
"This summer the Annenberg Innovation Lab is working with Kalina Silverman, the founder of BIG TALK, a video series that fosters connection by skipping the small talk to have meaningful conversations with new people. Following the series’ initial success with features in Huffington Post, USA Today, and Elite Daily, BIG TALK is growing into a social movement. Join us to skip the small talk, connect with fellow Trojans, and create your own BIG TALK videos. (Bonus: free pizza!)"
BIG TALK x Live Differently, "3 Day BIG TALK Challenge":
Live Different is a youth empowerment organization. This year through their 1-hour presentation, they are helping students understand and apply the practice of empathy. In their research on how to best do this they discovered "Big Talk" and thought it was a perfect avenue to help students create meaningful, authentic and empathic dialogue. They were able to get the "Big Talk" questions to the students via a text based application where they text the word "Empathy" followed by their unique school code. After a student opts in to the challenge they had the task of matching themselves with another student in the school and exchanging their Big Talk questions. One student explained how the "Big Talk" Challenge helped her make friends at her new school.
"We would like to thank Kalina and the Big Talk family for empowering us to use this amazing idea to help put empathy into action for 100,000 student this year."
BIG TALK Research with the Northwestern University Delta Lab:
BIG TALK x MyIntent.org Question Game:
BIG TALK x Selfless.io Dinner with Strangers:
A dinner hosted in San Francisco for 10 strangers.
Big TALK Dinner in Berlin, Germany:
BIG TALK Courses for Edovo's Jail Education Solutions Platform
"In an effort to keep innovating in our space, Edovo is branching out from traditional classroom learning options. We aim to be a platform for users to explore their interests and dig deeper into themselves. This winter we joined forces with Kalina Silverman, founder of BIG TALK, to take a leap in that direction."