Episode #64: Talk to Strangers
The “what” is easy. Craftwork is a specialty coffee shop and vibrant membership-based workspace with locations in Fort Worth (Foundry, Camp Bowie, Magnolia) and Austin (Domain). We serve craft coffee and are a connected coworking space. But you knew that already. Our “why” is our heart – we desire to create spaces and places where our members and customers experience connection and community.
As always, we hope this finds you well.
Many of us were raised to believe that we shouldn’t “talk to strangers”. However, Kio Stark believes that, as adults, we should always do so. Ms. Stark is a researcher who has looked extensively into how we relate to one another other in public places. Her talk whimsically reminds us of why we love to talk to strangers at Craftwork.
We hope this week’s Advocate encourages you to talk to more strangers and we hope we get to talk to you soon.
When we talk to strangers, we are making what Ms. Stark calls “beautiful interruptions” into our daily lives and the person we are talking to. In Stark’s research, the benefit seems to be just as great for the one initiating the conversation as the one on the receiving end. At its core, talking to strangers says “I see you” to the people we interact with. In doing so, we might feel more seen ourselves. This takes away the space for us to be suspicious of each other. We can’t think of any better reason to Talk To Strangers.
College students, we know Sundays aren’t too restful for you. That’s why every Sunday, we will open up our Foundry Workspace to college students for FREE. Come by, check in with our staff, grab a seat, and hit those books. We want to provide a space where you can focus, feel comfortable, and enjoy community. Our workspace is open 12-5pm. Spots are limited to 15 students (each week), so make sure to RSVP here! (Offer only applies to Craftwork Foundry location).
Friends, this is the last week of our summer special. Sign up before August 31st and receive $50 off a coworking membership! If you are interested in a membership at Craftwork, please contact us and reference our Summer Special in the comments section or you can book a tour with us. (Summer Special expires 8/31/19).