HOW TO HAVE BETTER CONVERSATIONS - Class in English
How can we have conversations that inspire us to think in new ways, that stimulate our curiosity and that prompt us to say things we've never said before?
Good conversations are often slightly mysterious. When they happen, we find it hard to say quite how we got into them, and are left regretting the number of times in which we didn't succeed in getting to the core of things with those around us.
This is a class that asks what a good conversation is, and offers ideas on how to plot to get into them more reliably.
We investigate the psychology and philosophy of conversation - what works and what often doesn't - as well as the assumptions we make about other people that stifle mutual understanding and curiosity. We put the ideas we explore into practice, testing as we learn.
The class constitutes an intelligent guide to how to move on from idle banter to emotionally and intellectually ambitious dialogues.
ABOUT HOW TO-CLASSES
Our classes have been designed to give useful insights around the big themes in life. You’ll be challenged to think deeply about the issues that matter most, and provided with a space to share your thoughts, ideas and experiences with other curious, open-minded individuals.
These sessions are designed by experts and taught by members of our faculty. They include a mix of lecture, conversation and group activity. Optional homework is provided for those interested in further study.
Craig Schuftan is a writer, radio producer and public speaker from Sydney, Australia, currently living and working in Berlin.
He is the author of books on music and popular culture and has given talks and lectures on music history, philosophy and pop culture in Australia, the UK, the Netherlands, France and Germany. He presented two events at The School of Life in Melbourne, Australia, and produced hundreds of radio stories, segements, sketches and unclassifiable interruptions.
Currently he is producing a comedy series for BBC radio 4, making music with his band 'Ducks!' and presenting a series of live multimedia presentations on the history of art and ideas at Berlin’s Babylon cinema, entitled ‘Culture Club Kino’.
18.40 - Welcome & drinks
19.00 - class commences
20.10 - break (times vary)
21.30 - class finishes
We offer a discount on tickets booked up to 5 weeks in advance.
For every good conversation you need a dialogue partner. Therefore we offer a partner ticket for this event: Instead of 79€ only 59,50€ (VAT included).
We offer 10% discount to holders of a berlinpass, severly disabled people and students with valid ID. Please note that we will check your ID for proof of eligibility on arrival at event.