Partnerships & Research:

Private Organizations, Non-profits, Business, University, Community, Travel, Education - If interested in partnering, please email bigtalkinquiry@gmail.com


Fulbright Research Fellowship: "Bridging Cross-Cultural Communications through BIG TALK" 

From August 2017 - May 2018, Kalina Silverman pursued Fulbright research as a U.S. student representative to Singapore. Based at the National University of Singapore's New Media and Communication School, the project is "How to Bridge East-West Communications using BIG TALK," and "Evaluating 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 PostUSA 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":

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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.  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:

     Delta Lab is an interdisciplinary research lab and design studio at Northwestern University. Our driving mission is to improve the way we design, work, learn, play, and fundamentally change the way we interact.       “Big Talk”  Team members: Kalina Silverman, Dr. Haoqi Zhang  Developing an online question answering platform that promotes deeper, more meaningful interactions between people – essentially skipping the small talk and discussing “bigger” themes. The platform will promote interconnectedness around the globe through the sharing of universal ideas constituting the collective human experience.

 

Delta Lab is an interdisciplinary research lab and design studio at Northwestern University. Our driving mission is to improve the way we design, work, learn, play, and fundamentally change the way we interact.  

“Big Talk”

Team members: Kalina Silverman, Dr. Haoqi Zhang

Developing an online question answering platform that promotes deeper, more meaningful interactions between people – essentially skipping the small talk and discussing “bigger” themes. The platform will promote interconnectedness around the globe through the sharing of universal ideas constituting the collective human experience.

Kalina Silverman worked at the Northwestern Delta Lab to develop an online platform for Big Talk questions and answers. 


BIG TALK x MyIntent.org Question Game:

The Big Talk My Intent game is designed to make meaningful conversations fun and easy to navigate.


BIG TALK x Selfless.io Dinner with Strangers:

A dinner hosted in San Francisco for 10 strangers. Big Talk questions were used to facilitate conversation.