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100 Cups

July 27, 2010

A very good friend of mine has been on a never ending quest to better himself. He’s started a new project called 100 Cups, in which him and a friend set out to have 100 cups of tea with 100 strangers.

The goal is to try and break down the barriers between strangers in every day life. We all go through our days performing our daily routines and rituals and we hardly stop to be social with those performing their daily routines along side us. If we all just stopped to say hello and maybe share a story or experience or two, we could learn something new.

And so, Greg has set out to make a change. Posting ad’s in newspapers, message boards and at local shops, they search for 100 individuals who don’t mind taking some time out of their day to sit down and share a cup of tea and conversation.

They’ve already had 2 cups and have posted their experiences on their website, www.onehundredcups.com. I look forward to reading more stories as their adventure continues and I encourage everyone else to follow along as well.

I think it would be beneficial for society to grow closer to one another again instead of going through live individually. Growing together could lead to working together to make even larger changes down the road. Greg is doing his part, perhaps we can too.

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3 Comments

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    Mom
    August 2, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    Just when you think there's no hope left for society you see a hopeful example of humanity like this. You have some pretty cool friends.

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    Anonymous
    November 22, 2010 at 9:07 am

    Teaming up against a stranger is hardly a way to break down walls, and would only serve as a security blanket for the two gentlemen.

    The title and premise aren't even new.

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    100 Cups
    November 26, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    Hey Anonymous!

    Though I wouldn't call it teaming up – I can see how it might seem a little intimidating, meeting two strange guys for a cup of tea.

    We really are pretty friendly though, and so far, we've had a good time and good conversation with everyone we have had the pleasure of meeting.

    Truth be told though, it has largely been a 1 man operation, with Stefan not being able to play a huge role amongst his other responsibilities. So with the 'teaming up' factor eliminated – it is just me out to break the walls down.

    I guess I just figure that if I can show people – not just those who are willing to sit down for a conversation – but anyone, anywhere, who decides to have a read and follow what I am up to – if I can show everyone that people are worth talking to, maybe that will create some positive change.

    Through conversation, we can discover common ground, build mutual respect, share ideas… it goes on and on, and maybe, maybe just talking is enough to change the world. Get enough people talking, and sharing, and being open to one another… It just seems like a good idea to me.

    Of course, it will have it's opposition – and to be honest, I would love to know more about where you are coming from. The best ideas only flourish if they are willing to consider the opposition right?

    Maybe, dare I say, we could meet for a cup of tea sometime?

    Email me if you like – [email protected] – I look forward to hearing from you!

    -Greg

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