John-Paul Flintoff: Conversations

John-Paul Flintoff


Conversations 1

Conversation revolution

What does it take to create meaningful connection? A hot drink! To start a revolution in conversations, I’m taking specially designed mugs, and tea, to help strangers talk together. I’m doing it on street corners and at special events.

“Oh look! Does it say that in your mug?”


Conversations that change everything

If this talk doesn’t make you think again about the potential of having a cup of tea with somebody, I will be extremely surprised. Includes references to the British National Party, the poet Benjamin Zephaniah, and a high-end brand of cat food.

Conversations 2

What does yours say?

I designed the mugs to be mass produced and sold by The Department Store For The Mind. You can buy your own, here.


Conversations that don’t happen

Sometimes the important conversations are the ones that never take place. I asked the adventurer Joe Simpson (author of Touching The Void) about conversations between him and his late father.

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The power of speaking and listening

When you talk to somebody honestly, you discover a whole new part of yourself. And if you listen well, they can do that too. I talk about how that happens in this TEDx, recorded in Stormont, Northern Ireland.


Studs Terkel gave voice to all

Studs Terkel, the American broadcaster and oral historian, used to strike up conversations with people everywhere… I’ve been inspired by his work, and will be writing more about him soon.