"Only connect...to live in fragments no longer."

Despite a snowstorm, we had a great turnout at the Grand Theatre. Our guests enjoyed Julia Dhar's discussion about how to have constructive conversations.

Julia Dhar once again delivered an impactful speech on how "we need to figure out how we go into conversations not looking for the victory, but the progress". The end result will be constructive conversations that sharpen our arguments and strengthen our relationships.

Joining Julia onstage for a large portion of the evening were members of the University of Calgary Debate Society. Julia moderated a well prepared and thought-provoking debate of:

Be it resolved, "cancel culture" does more harm than good.

We had great audience participation as we opened the floor to our guests to voice their thoughts and opinions during the live debate for the debate society to comment on. 

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What an engaging evening filled with great conversation – it was great to connect! The university students added a perspective that we often do not see.

~ Long-time Client

THANK YOU FOR TAKING TIME TO CONNECT

CONNECTS is one of our signature yearly events. We created it to bring people together to discuss important topics that are often hard to discuss. We were so happy to have Julia join us this year. As she said so well at the end of the evening, “we are all richer for having had the conversation”.

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ABOUT JULIA DHAR

Julia Dhar is a behavioral economist and advisor to Prime Ministers, Presidents, and CEOs around the world. She is on a mission to help leaders, decision-makers, teammates and citizens strengthen their relationships and build trust through productive disagreement. Julia is a three-time winner of the World Schools Debate Championships and co-author of The Decision-Maker’s Playbook. Her first TED talk on productive disagreement has been viewed more than 6 million times. Her second TED talk on Constructive Conversations was the 3rd most popular TED talk of 2021.

ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY DEBATE SOCIETY

The University of Calgary Debate Society exists to provide campus community members with opportunities to foster strong critical reasoning abilities, to develop confident speaking and presentation skills, and to meet and discuss interesting ideas with a variety of people.

JOIN US FOR CONNECTS 2023

If you’re interested in discussing the important issues facing our world, we’d love to add you to our invite list.

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