There are people who have not had a hug for months because they live in fear of contracting Covid-19. A hug is a natural human interaction, definitely more natural than a handshake, so what can replace a hug? How do we adapt?
This is one of the topics up for discussion at Conversation Day TT which takes place on Saturday, June 13. Conversation Day was first celebrated in New York in 2013 and staged in T&T for the first time last year by Trini Good Media in collaboration with the Bocas Lit Fest.
On this edition of Over the Hump, we revisited two of those conversations that got us thinking in 2019 and pitched forward to 2020’s events.
WHAT WILL BE DISCUSSED AT CONVERSATION DAY?
The theme for Conversation Day 2020 is Sharing What We’re Learning.
Some of the topics to be discussed are:
⦁ Which civil liberties are you uncomfortable giving up?
⦁ Will Covid make us smarter?
⦁ What can replace a hug?
⦁ How important has the issue of trust become?
⦁ How have you been discussing today’s issues with your children?
Each topic will be discussed by three people and gently guided by a moderator.
The event will be livestreamed on the Trini Good Media Facebook page.
WHY TGM IS DOING THIS
“We are happy to be doing Conversation Day again this year, and I think it’s very important for us to share what we’ve learned especially after our lives were so dramatically affected by the pandemic,” said TGM co-founder Franka Philip.
TGM initially got involved with Conversation Day after being invited to participate by British author and international conflict management expert Eddy Canfor-Dumas. Canfor-Dumas is one of the leads of The Talking Revolution, an initiative that is dedicated to improving the quality of human connection worldwide.
“It’s the thing that most people miss the most,” Eddy said. “We take it for granted that we can meet and talk with friends and family pretty much whenever we want. So it’s come as a shock that in lockdown we can’t.
HOW CAN PEOPLE OBSERVE THE CONVERSATIONS?
Conversation Day TT takes place from 2pm to 6.30pm.
The livestream, powered by Digicel, can be viewed on the Trini Good Media Facebook page and on this site, there will be an audio link.