Courage to connect

Wednesday, December 1 2021, 7:15 PM - 10:00 PM
MS Teams (online)
Price: Free (Student) Free (Others)

During the pandemic, chatting with friends and having discussions moved to the online world. Having true human contact seemed threatened. So, when was the last time you had an attentive, in-depth, and personal conversation? Unfortunately, we usually take far too little time for such things. So, grab your chance now and join this evening full of inspiring conversations with fellow students and others at the TU/e!

Meet new people and listen to each other's personal stories, insights, and ideas. Every conversation will be a unique experience. After all, everyone has a special story to tell. All conversations are centered on a selected theme, and this year’s pick is: Courage to connect.

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More practical information below.

Courage to connect
Starting a conversation and connecting with others can sometimes be challenging. For example, the pandemic forced us to only connect digitally, language differences can pose intangible barriers to engaging in conversation and understanding each other, and cultural backgrounds can provide different meanings to the same sentence or behaviors.

For all these reasons, making a connection with other people can often take some courage. You are required to step out of your comfort zone. Consider the courage it takes to make new friends at university, to dive in deep conversations with students from other countries, or to discuss a topic in which ideals and beliefs might collide. Connecting with others can be a dare to show your vulnerabilities. To challenge your knowledge and beliefs. But if you take that step, you'll notice that it broadens your horizon, you find new inspiration and you enjoy the new connections. By developing the courage to connect, you will discover the hero inside you who is connected to the world.

Dialogue framework
The conversation will be structured around the four steps of the ‘dialogue’ framework:

  1. Getting to know each other
  2. Sharing experiences
  3. Dreaming
  4. Doing.

You will participate in a conversation with a group of 4 participants (max.) under the guidance of a facilitator. You will experience what it means to listen carefully to the personal story of others and to be able to tell your story without being interrupted. It is an evening for people who are open minded and curious about other people’s perspectives.

Starting and ending times
The event will begin at 7:30 PM, so make sure you have entered the MS Teams meeting (online) by 7:15 PM at the latest. You will receive an email with a link to the MS Teams videocall meeting prior to the event. The conversation will end at 10:00 PM at the latest. If you participate, we assume that you will be present for the entire evening.

Dutch or English conversation
It is possible to participate in either a Dutch or English conversation. Only participate in a Dutch-language conversation if you are comfortable and fluent in speaking Dutch. Please do not use this evening as a language course. Prior to the event, you will receive an email in which you can indicate whether you prefer to participate in a Dutch or English conversation.

UN Sustainable Development Goals
Since 2021, organizer Eindhoven in Dialoog has focused its mission and vision on The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These 17 goals, agreed upon in 2015, have been defined to safeguard a sustainable future for current and future generations, and have been linked to an ambitious plan of action. For the Dialogue as a method for inspiring conversations, the SDGs provide interesting, meaningful but also necessary themes and subjects to explore. This year’s theme “Courage to Connect” is aligned with goal #17: Partnerships. This SDG emphasizes the opportunity to connect to people, ideas, organizations, and goals, to find inspiration and create a meaningful future together.

This event is a joint initiative of TINT, Eindhoven in Dialoog and Studium Generale TU/e.

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