"The only thing keeping you from being happy is the belief that you are alone"
- Ana Draper (Mad Men)
A lack of community spaces and career driven culture means that Americans are too often living in isolation. In North Florida, a region that is defined by it's massive size, suburban sprawl and Southern politeness, that feeling is only exacerbated.
Recently, we at GlobalJax came across this TedX Talk from 2015, in which Kalina Silverman talks about the isolating experience of being in a new place and her initial discomfort with sharing personal details, especially her deep longing for personal connection with others. It's a compelling presentation with helpful guidance on how to get past the small talk during your next conversation with a new friend - international or otherwise - by asking a personal, but not too personal question totally unrelated to the weather.
For interacting with International Visitors we might also suggest, "What is one thing would you like to see happen in your country before 2020?" or even "What is one thing you wish the U.S. knew