Stockholm School of Economics
The world is full of interesting people but surprisingly lacking in good conversations. Why is that? Is it because we lack time? Common interests? Cool friends? We believe it comes down to skills. We haven’t had any practice in the art of conversation. We wanted to test our theory on some of the most busy and time-pressed people around - The board of directors at the most prestigious business school in Sweden, The Stockholm School of Economics. We realized that dinnertime was a great untapped opportunity for creativity and came up with the concept of the Conversation Dinner. During a set of three occasions, each with a different theme inspired by Socrates’ ancient greek Symposia, we designed their conversations. With each new meal, we presented a conversation menu, with mind-bending questions involving everything from Kierkegaard and Virginia Woolf to Artificial Intelligence and the future of death. The process was carefully designed to increase engagement, trust and collaboration in a group that often has to make important decisions under stress. The concept was developed using the latest research in social validation, psychological safety, reciprocity, dialogue and innovation.