Hi, I'm Rebecca. Do you have 5 minutes to do a challenge with me?
This is how I approach strangers to invite them to partake in the 5-in-5 Connection Challenge.
Here's how it works: We have 5 minutes to find 5 things in common—the more obscure the better. I jot down our findings in a Venn diagram on a notecard as we brainstorm and chat.
Why? To connect face-to-face with other humans—especially those outside of my social circle—and to put the focus on what we share rather than our differences. The idea came to me a few weeks after the U.S. election in 2016, when I kept wondering how we could get outside of our bubbles and build bridges. Through the 5-in-5 Connection Challenge, I hope more meaningful connections and understanding can take place.
I get a push of adrenaline when I ask people (the first two times my hand was super shaky as well), plus it's a fun creativity challenge to try and think of questions to ask the other person—what about your life might you have in common—while the time is ticking. You can learn interesting things about someone you would have otherwise never met.
I started on January 17, 2017, and the plan is to continue until I reach 100 rejections. I'll update my progress here:
Total # of Challenges Accepted: 2
Total # of Challenges Rejected: 0
[Note: I left the USA at the end of January. The project will resume when I return in May!]
2) John (Jan 18, 2017)
1) Woodie (Jan 18, 2017)
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