- Approach a stranger.
- Ask if they will help you with a project and answer a question on camera.
- Ask them what they are afraid of.
(Of course the most intimate and revealing was off-camera.)
- City as potential interactions and potential for interactions.
- Rules are unwritten …but can be bent.
- Interactions with strangers as a mechanism for connecting to place.
- Strangers are good for your brain. New people; new ideas.
- The importance of interesting things (points for conversation) happening in public places.
- The importance of providing spaces for strangers to interact.
- How the rules are relaxed in transitional spaces (train stations, elevators etc).
- The unexpected works!
- The value of conversation.
- The value of making interactions where there was none before.
- How does it change things if we go about the city knowing we are somebody else’s stranger-in-waiting?
- Can we lower the barrier to interesting interactions?
- What would a signalling system look like to enable others to see if we were open to new encounters or not. (update 03/10/2011: This question’s been bugging me as being too obvious, so I’d like to use it as a starting point Signtific style to get somewhere else.)
- Thinking there’s an empathy barrier analogous to an enthalpy barrier. What novel catalysts can we provide to lower the barrier?
After the workshop I stopped to help a man measure a bit of sidewalk that was longer than his tape measure.