I launched The Hello Project (THP) in February 2017. I wanted to know if two strangers would be willing to jump on a 20-minute video call to talk about political issues. I wanted to know if confronting our shared humanity would lead to a productive, maybe even insightful conversation. I wanted to know if technology could pop our social bubbles rather than reinforce them. The answer to all of the above turned out to be — yes.
About 100 people, from places like Tulsa, Oklahoma to Buenos Aires, Argentina, signed up for THP in the first week (200+ participants signed up in the second round). Due to scheduling conflicts, 56 of them ended up chatting with one another, with the longest conversation lasting 85 minutes.
Learn more about how The Hello Project began.