On the UN’s “International Day of the Girl, St. Catherine’s School in Richmond, Virginia hosted a special day of celebration for 1000 teenage girls. Kalina was invited to speak about Big Talk and how it can enhance building more open and meaningful relationships both at school and at home. After the speaking portion of the event, girls “made Big Talk” in their homerooms and wrote down and shared their own Big Talk questions with one another.
6/9/2019 – The US Embassy in Tashkent, Uzbekistan hosted Kalina Silverman to present Big Talk to exchange alumni and local audience members at GroundZero Kitob Olami. Guests learned how to “make Big Talk,” answered Big Talk questions in small groups, shared videos and personal stories out loud, and wrote their own unique Big Talk questions.
In May, Kalina attended Fulbright Ambassador congressional meetings on Capitol Hill in Washington DC to present the Fulbright project “Establishing cross-culture empathy through Big Talk” to senators and representatives. She was able to gift the Senator of Delaware’s office a set of Big Talk cards to use at their staff retreat, and Senator Dick Durbin tweeted a photo from the meeting!
Big Talk themed meetups have been held around the world. Check out some of the ones in:
Forbe’s features Kalina’s Quora response to “How can we make more meaningful connections with people we’ve just met?”
Kalina Silverman is interviewed by Lisa Valentine Clark for BYU Radio about Big Talk.
NBC Asia America chats with Kalina about her research and the impacts of Big Talk across cultures.
Kalina delivered a connectivity themed keynote speech to over 200 senior-level marketing, digital, and e-commerce executives and their peers on September 6th in New York City.
What do Bishop Briggs, Keith Urban, Lorde, Billie Eilish, and other superstar musicians have in common? They made Big Talk!
Big Talk Journals were distributed to over 200 women in tech at Adobe Headquarters in San Francisco.
In Norway, people are inspired by making Big Talk to improve relationships in work and with friends.
This morning I received an email from Trinidad! On July 4th, the lovely Lynn-Marie Edwards hosted a Big Talk event for 70 at the Kaiso Blues Cafe:
When I asked Lynn-Marie what organization helped her put on the event, I was touched by her answer:
“I am not attached to any organisation. I am just one woman who was so touched by an idea that I had to do something with it in in my community. In future, I want to have more events like these. I REALLY love Big Talk! I love what it does for people, almost giving them permission to let down their guards –
Many of the persons who attended expressed their desire to attend more events like Big Talk. We have a big party culture in Trinidad and Tobago. We are host to what some would say is the world’s greatest Carnival. As a result there aren’t that many fora where people can come together and engage in meaningful conversation just because. We also have a bad crime situation. The story of Trinidad and Tobago is quite an interesting one!
Maybe one day you can come here and we can have a grand Big Talk event and go around to schools and communities to Big Talk.”
The original message from Lynn-Marie:
“My team and I hosted a most successful and meaningful Big Talk evening called Big Talk- Conversations That Matter. We had about 70 people in attendance and held it on Tuesday 4th July, 2017
In promoting the event we interviewed some random people in our capital and made three promotional videos.
The evening started off with an ice-breaker called Find Your Big Talk Match. Questions were prepared in 3s and placed in a jar. Each participant had to choose a question and find the two other people who also chose that question and answer it.
After the ice-breaker I introduced myself as the host and explained the concept and flow of the evening. The idea was to have a relaxed evening of casual but meaningful conversation. My team and I prepared about 145 questions, using your questions as a base. We placed the questions in jars on cocktail tables throughout the space and groups were naturally formed and beautiful discussion flowed.
The feedback we received was overwhelmingly positive and we are looking forward to hosting more events.
Thanks again for this amazing idea and allowing us to use it to make conversations that matter.
Amazon markets the Big Talk Question Card Game as an Amazon’s Choice Product.
Kalina wins the competitive Ozy Genius Awards Grant for Big Talk.
Singapore media publication Youth SG talks about ways to make Big Talk with family over Chinese new year.
BI Germany discusses the profound aspects of using Big Talk in communication.
Read about “How to get past awkward small talk” from Lifehacker featuring Big Talk.
The Big Ten Network features Big Talk as an example of students getting out to make a difference in the real world.
A Viral Video show features an episode on Big Talk.
The article that helped launch the Big Talk movement.