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 kalinasilverman@gmail.com. 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 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. 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:

     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.


BIG TALK x MyIntent.org Question Game:


BIG TALK x Selfless.io Dinner with Strangers:

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A dinner hosted in San Francisco for 10 strangers. 


Big TALK Dinner in Berlin, Germany: