Why talk to strangers? 

I was struck in our conversation on Sunday by the very different views in class regarding why we seek to talk to strangers. Reading some more blog posts today added to the variety of goals. Lists help me think, so I compiled one mining what I’ve heard and read from y’all and my own thoughts (please correct if I misquote and add to):

Goal of talking to strangers:

  • Building Relationships (Erin)
  • Creating Unique Encounters (Nina)
  • Encountering new ideas and humanizing strangers (Kelly)
  • Helping people have fun (Alex)
  • Fostering habits of civility, courtesy and mutual respect (Kylie)

I’d be curious to hear everyone else’s thoughts on the issue.