by Team Dialogues | September 29,2016
These few words about Dialogues (coming as a review on social media) added a smile to our face today. It was a contented smile; the ones we smile when we encounter someone who truly understands us or the ones we smile on discovering ourselves to be on the right path of our journey. It has been few months now for Dialogues and the adulation and the kind words we have got from various corners have been heartening and encouraging. When we started Dialogues, our main endeavour was not our unusual charging mechanism but to create an inspiring and comfortable space for individuals to foster conversations and creativity. We envisioned Dialogues to be a place where everyone feels “alive”, by enjoying the freedom the space offers, engaging in meaningful conversations, and allowing the aesthetics of the walls to have a creative effect on the muse of each individual. We are still on our journey to facilitate the full power of socialising, creativity and collaboration at Dialogues. We are sure that one day Dialogues will contribute more to a better world than any other corporate boardroom. As you read this, we continue to create a community, engaging quality people and fostering a world of humanity and innovation through more and more“dialogues” :)
by Team Dialogues | October 22,2016
Milan Kundera popularized this idea in his book the Unbearable Lightness of Being, which grapples with the insignificance of events that are “light” - that have no major lasting repercussions or significance.
An average human has about 50,000-70,000 thoughts a day, most of them slipping through the cracks and being forgotten. Ideas, stories, pieces of rare insight can flare up, never be recorded and then be forgotten forever, disappearing into the recesses of recycled thought. Over time, there have been so many people who have recognized this and agonizingly tried to piecemeal these thoughts together by different forms of documentation.
Simultaneously, now more than ever has been in history, data is being recorded and stored. This leads to a lot of the ideas being immortalized in the digital world, leading us to feel as though we are communicating, adding to the vast storehouse of human knowledge somehow.
However, documentation this way makes us feel like our need for following-through on topics, discussing them with others, and chalking them out into physical fruition to immortalize them is unnecessary. Everything already looks immortalized on a screen, even if nobody is reading it, or interacting with it. As a result, there are lots of half-baked half-ideas out there, incomplete because they were never brought up in dialogue with another person, because it was felt that they didn’t need to be brought up. These ideas could have, however, blossomed into beautiful theories, pieces of art, business ideas or ideas for social change. That’s why engaging in dialogue is more relevant today than it has ever been, even though we are penning down our thoughts, thinking that people are seeing them and really caring. There are beautiful things waiting to come into fruition if we got up and talked to people excitedly about our ideas in order to preserve them. A light in the eye, a passionate mannerism – they all go long ways in touching the hearts of others, in collaborating ideas and coming up with plans or theories. A dialogue could bring you closer to another person, not only the idea.
Dialogues are a way to solidify ideas in a collective inter-subjective tangibility. They polish ideas, they grow and change and become amalgamations of ideas. Two minds are better than one! They’re better for you, they’re better for your idea, they’re better for the word.
by Team Dialogues | January 11,2017
Only recently in history has there been a moral revolution. Prior to the Enlightenment, things like slavery, despotism and cruelty to animals were taken for granted and not really questioned. Afterwards, the validity of these practices/institutions began to be questioned. It stands testament to how much people are prone to complaining that they talk about how our morals are going to the dogs – yet for most of history, a lot of what we could call outrageous, cruel, exploitative and infringing on basic human rights were done without batting an eyelid, and without the moral backlash that they would face today. It is this reason that I am hopeful about a future where everyone is mindful of other people, caring of other people, respectful of their stories and differences. This has begun to happen as our moral paradigms have shifted. They began to shift in the seventeenth and eighteenth century. Steven Pinker calls this the “humanitarian revolution” and we are living in its still relatively nascent stages. Although nascent, it has expanded rapidly in a few centuries, and people are learning to treat others with fairness, kindness and dignity. People are beginning to value others as individuals. More and more people are sharing their stories.
With the colossal expansion of the internet, these ideas are spreading more rapidly than they ever have, and there are platforms to share your experiences. Stories are extremely powerful in propagating wholesome ideas, and seeing things in new perspectives, both of which are crucial for a more peaceful and caring world. But there are still barriers to sharing your stories when it comes to polite, everyday conversation. The internet support system that can be built up lacks the healthiness of real interaction. This is why spaces where people can be themselves, share their stories and learn are so crucial. Apart from being fun, they are also part of something bigger, something that’s the future of humanity. They’re part of a bigger phenomenon sweeping the world, they’re the most natural sorts of catalysts of the humanitarian revolution, a revolution that is changing the way we look at things forever, a revolution that is the beginnings of peace, respect, kindness, storytelling and love.
Dialogues stands committed to a world where we all support each other. We invite one and all to be part of this social experiment which started from the by-lanes of Koramangala.