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Talking and Listening to Each Other

On a recent trip to visit my family in Chicago, I came across a coffee shop/book shop in the Lincoln Park neighborhood with the unlikely name of Kibbitz Nest. For anyone who doesn't know, kibbitz is Yiddish for "to chat." The premise of the organization is to "preserve the quality of human communications everywhere by promoting a balance between face to face and electronic communication media."

Along with having great coffee, ice cream and an electic mix of books, they host weekly meetings where people come together to share stories about their lives and to get to know each other in a deeper and more meaningful way. Above all, the meetings foster a genuine interest in each other - and everyone who attends is expected to adopt a code of kindness. In other words, they behave like human beings to each other!

Reading the brochure made me pause to think how wonderful it would be to have a similar program here in NJ. But even if there is no specific place or time dedicated to fostering engagement with each other as a group, perhaps as leaders we can find ways to demonstrate these same attitudes in our own organizations on a daily basis.

If you are interested, the website for this 501c3 organization is www.kibbitznest.org.   

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