Reaching Out: How do we move past our isolation?
Our University of the Streets Café public conversations are much like any you’d have with friends or family around a dinner table, except with more people, more points of view, and slightly more structure. Conversations are hosted by a volunteer moderator who is there to welcome everyone and keep things on track. To get things started, there’s a guest, or sometimes two, who get the ball rolling by sharing their ideas, experiences and questions. After that, it's all up to the participants.
How do we get to fit? And when we don’t, what can we do about it? To what extent is isolation is voluntary, induced by the environment or requires both variables (us and the environment) in order to occur? Does social media contribute to our happiness, self-esteem and community involvement or does it foster our loneliness? This public conversation considers how we develop a sense of connection to those around us. Can public expressions of our vulnerability contribute to new, deeper connections?
Lucas Mesquita is a 3rd-year political science student at Concordia and is involved in various departments, mainly as social coordinator at the International Students Office and mentor at Student Success Centre. Originally from Brazil, he moved to Canada in 2010 to study nursing in the Cegep of Sherbrooke. After graduating, he moved to Montreal where he got involved with a language exchange NGO (Mundo Lingo), before retaking his studies in 2015.
Rehab Mahmoud is a human and organization learning facilitator. She is passionate about people, learning, and growth; a passion that inspired her practice throughout her career in the domain of learning and development. She worked as a consultant, facilitator, trainer, university teacher, and program manager. She has a special interest in the art of hosting, systems thinking, and conversations as a way of knowing.
Moderator: Najwa Wehbe
4329, rue Saint-Denis