It’s those who tell the stories that shape society. So what kind of person do you want to become and what kind of world do you want? It might depend on what kind of conversations you’re having.
More than anything, I enjoy talking with people. But a great conversation is more than just talking. It’s about connecting with people on what matters. What matters to people differs, but a conversation that’s about a mutual discovery about what matters, even if it’s in a casual context, can connect people in incredibly strong ways.
In 2005, I started a monthly salon called The Abundance League with some friends. It was mostly about facilitating great conversations, conversations that matter focused on how to lead lives of purpose, sharing, and collaborating. I co-hosted the event for five years.
This series of great conversations changed my life more than anysingle thing I’ve ever done.
The main lesson I learned is that it is through conversations that we actually create one another. Through conversations that matter, I was able to explore more fully who I am and why I am here while helping other people do the same. That is an incredibly rewarding experience.
And it strongly informs my work today at Shareable where we host a global conversation about sharing and the commons. We do our best to host conversations that matters, and set the stage for a world in which we co-create the best version of ourselves by how we converse, create value, and share value. And through this process, we tell a new story about ourselves, that we can all thrive by working together.
To paraphrase Plato, it’s those who tell the stories that shape society. So what kind of person do you want to become and what kind of world do you want? It might depend on what kind of conversations you’re having.