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We are excited to be launching Conversation Salons in Westport Co. Mayo (Postponed)
25th March with more salons on 8th & 22nd April, 6th & 20th May. Where: The Clew Bay Hotel, James St, 7.30pm-10pm. Delighted to have Kate Carty as host and organiser there, for more info email Kate at: katecarty@hotmail.co.uk Looking forward to some wonderful conversations in Mayo! Reclaiming face-to-face conversation in the digital age! Join us for stimulating and inspiring conversation. Connect with interesting and diverse people in your community. Admission €5
Reclaiming Face-to-Face Conversation in the Digital Age
About Conversation Salons
Connecting people one conversation at a time.
INSPIRATION

Experience the pleasure of interesting, stimulating, thought-provoking conversation.

CONNECT, OFFLINE

It isn’t often that you get the chance to remove yourself from the digital world and completely immerse yourself in real-life conversations with strangers.

Welcoming Spaces

We create safe trusted spaces that are relaxed, informal and friendly.

Meet New People

In today’s digital world is hard to make meaningful connections. Get the chance to make new friendships and connections as you discuss intriguing topics.

Ideas Incubator

An incubator zone to spark new ideas and fresh thinking.

Celebrate Diversity

We welcome all types of people, ideas and viewpoints, all contributions are valued.

Meet the team
CEO & Founder
Content Marketing
Digital Marketing
Marketing Strategy

Are you tired of small talk and would love a real conversation?

When was the last time you had a meaningful conversation with someone new? Allowed yourself to be surprised in an interaction that wasn’t about the usual topics?

The world is rich in interesting things to talk about and interesting people to talk to!

Conversation Salons are relaxed, informal, café style gatherings that bring together people of different backgrounds, ages, nationalities and viewpoints for uplifting and enriching conversations on a whole range of different topics. Whether you’re 19 or 90 years old, unemployed or a company CEO, a new member of your community or a long-time local we bring together all different kinds of people at these friendly welcoming events where you meet new people and hear different opinions and ideas.

We are wired to connect but somewhere, amid heads bent over smartphones, in the echo chamber of social media, or across our polarised political landscape, the art of honest, open and meaningful conversation has been lost. The more digitally connected we are, the more we feel disconnected.

At Conversation Salons we are reclaiming face-to-face conversation in the digital age and addressing the problem of human disconnection. Conversation is the most valuable universal currency of human beings, the glue that holds society together! Everything begins with a conversation. It’s the basis for everything we do. So we are connecting people one conversation at a time.

What’s our story?

We want a more connected world. We want to be part of the Empathy Revolution. We want Ireland to be a more connected, inclusive, integrated, socially engaged country! We’re all about getting people away from their phones and screens, having real face-to-face conversations with people in your community, moving away from chit chat and getting to talk about things you really care about, all about human connection and welcoming in all types of people and celebrating what a diverse country Ireland is and how interesting people are once you invite them to share their stories, ideas and life experiences. We like breaking down the barriers between strangers through conversation! Ultimately there are over seven billion individuals for you to discover, over seven billion treasure boxes of life lessons, wisdom and experience. Since we started thousands of amazing conversations have taken place between people who would never otherwise have met.

Ethos: Our ethos is one of open-mindedness, empathy, tolerance and understanding. We create safe trusted spaces where honest conversation is possible. We focus on our shared humanity and on what binds us rather than what differentiates us. We like to ask the question: What is it like to be you?

The human need to connect, be heard, tell our stories and share our experiences is very strong. Modern life seems to have eroded many of the spaces or places or environments where such conversations took place. Conversation Salons are about creating new opportunities for life enhancing encounters and exchanges. Over tea and coffee in small groups choose from an enticing conversation menu of thought-provoking questions and let the conversation begin.

What a perfect place to brainstorm, problem solve, ponder, discuss, philosophise and reflect on the issues and dilemmas that most fascinate and perplex you! 

 ‘The moment questioning minds and hearts meet in really great conversation, a portal opens into immensely exciting possibility.’       

Pat O’Donohue

Expand Your World with the Wisdom of Strangers

113
Salons Hosted
7
Counties
3,017
Total Attendees
38
Venues Used
15
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Latest Blog Articles
In this piece Gillian looks at the various ways of connecting on and offline while exploring how nuanced our conversations can be.
Conor writes about the value of enriching face to face conversation and our growing reliance on connections through technologies.
Jyoti talks about her experiences of friendship: the transient, the everlasting and what we can learn from them.
Jyoti explores the theme of curiosity and why it's essential in our everyday lives
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What people liked about the Salons:

“How engrossing it is/How people of all ages and backgrounds can listen and learn from one another/ How interesting most people are/How at ease I felt with a room of strangers/How much I enjoyed meeting new people/The questions were very well thought out/The joy of an interesting conversation.”

“The chatting felt so easy, so natural/The meeting of people speaking from the heart that I didn’t know before/Lively eclectic conversation/Preconceptions left at the door/The informality/The fun but also the depth of feelings/Meeting people I wouldn’t normally meet.”

“Rediscovering the art of conversation/The buzz and positive energy in the room/Heard new perspectives I had not heard before/I picked up food for thought/I was inspired by the people in my company/The relaxed atmosphere and people participating with enthusiasm.”

“The challenge of articulating my views/the warmth of human dialogue/testing my worldview and having it changed occasionally/the good atmosphere/the different points of view/the stimulation of having my ideas challenged/getting insight into different ways of thinking.”

“The really thought-provoking and worthwhile topics/Looking at life from different perspectives/The chance to meet interesting people and have stimulating discussions/How uplifting it was/The variety of people that attend.”

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