Isn’t it crazy to think if you met someone new everyday for the rest of your life, you wouldn’t even come close to meeting a fourth of the people in the world? There is so much to be learned from strangers, according to Kio Stark:

One of the most basic human needs is to be acknowledged. In the city, if you’re not present, you’re not seeing people, you’re just seeing objects. Look people in the eye. See the people around you. It really affects how you feel and how the people around you feel. When you look someone in the eye and they recognize that you have acknowledged they are a human being, you have a connection with them, and they are grateful for that interaction. These moments are moments of intimacy. When you connect with someone, even in a fleeting moment, it’s meaningful and it teaches you something. You make less of a hole when you see someone, but make them feel more whole as a person.” -Kio Stark

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Matt talks with Kio Stark is the author of When Strangers Meet, published this month from TED Books. She is also the author of the novel Follow Me Down and the independent learning handbook Don’t Go Back to School. She writes, teaches, and speaks around the world about stranger interactions, independent learning, and how people relate to technology.

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