This meet-up is for all people to come and meet and the meet-up is run using a Conversation Menu. A conversation menu is a list of questions which contains about 20 topics. The questions are about life's big topics and questions, such as 'What have you discovered through travel?', 'How has your background or experience limited or favoured you?', 'How much have you been motivated by the search for power, money, respect or something else?' and 'What does the world need to be a better place and what do you wish to contribute?'.
The purpose of the conversation menu is to invite people to discuss questions which people find fascinating to discuss, but questions which you would not normally ask someone else for fear the other person would be taken aback as to why you are asking them random personal questions. But it has been proven that discussing these questions is interesting!
The format of the event is you are paired with someone who you may or may not have had before, and you have a one-to-one conversation by discussing the questions on the menu. It's a great way of having an interesting conversation about topics people may rarely discuss with the sort of people you might not often meet, and the result is that you get to know and understand someone you have never met very well, and people have sometimes been found to form close friendships within just a couple of hours of using the method.
The event has been found to be very popular among virtually everyone who has participated in it, even people who may turn up to an event while not being sure what to expect. Testimonials for the 8 events I have held in Wimbledon so far include:
'Surprisingly good and thoroughly worthwhile. Suggested questions excellent.'
‘I can heartily recommend coming along to a conversation event. The questions were really thought provoking and led to some fascinating conversations. I really enjoyed the evening and I came away with feeling I’d learned a lot from my conversation partner.”
‘I thought it was a very interesting meeting. I thought it was interesting to try to answer personal questions and listen to the other person.’
'For me it was a brilliant success and hopefully it will be for many others. It is a simple idea simply executed, asking people to pair up and discuss a number of questions on a list. And it works! Although I vaguely knew my partner, the questions allowed us time to touch on areas that I think we would have been otherwise unlikely to ever discuss e.g. which parts of your life have been a waste of time?'