Lets agree on a few things, we need people in Tahrir to talk together. And not people from the same circles to talk, we need to create mediums for different people to talk. We ourselves can’t go to Tahrir just to sit around with like-minded people and create our bubble in Tahrir. I’ll share what happened yesterday and if you like the idea try it out, today.
Yesterday I was sitting with a few friends and someone came up with the idea of starting a conversation for people in Tahrir to discuss whether or not we should vote in the coming elections. After finishing our meal we went back to Tahrir to try out our idea right away, The conversations went fantastically smooth. The beauty of it is in its simplicity, we started as a small group discussing in a circle about the topic and inviting the few people around. The rules of the conversation is that we stand in a circle, were we agreed on an object (in our case was a plastic bottle) that only the person holding the bottle will be the only one talking with no interruptions.
The person talking can’t exceed 2 mins and when the person is done talking he puts the bottle back in the middle and the next person wants to talk take the bottle from the middle of the circle, and so on…. and when the circle gets too uncomfortably big then start a new cirlce.
Just pick a topic, or ask a question. and start talking about it with this system, and people will join in and even when you leave if later someone interrupts one of the people from the beginning will get the conversation back on track. It’s important when you feel the group is not familiar with the rules and the topic to repeat it every once and a while.
Try it out. It’s much easier than you think. Just start with yourselves and people will join.
Updates: Ahmed Nazmi (@ElFalakiste) passed by in the first day of discussions and have been repeating it since then. Do the same and start your own discussion circle. its simple, just start a conversation with your friends in that way and people will join in.