Do you consider yourself a good listener?
What would feel like to be heard and understood?
How does the simple practice of listening to someone build empathy, understanding, and togetherness?
Sseko Designs and Together Coffee are trying to find out through the Together Coffee Challenge.
We are inviting people all over the world to truly listen, stay curious, and empathize with one another, even when we don’t agree. We both know that it’s quite easy for a digital conversation about differing opinions or beliefs to spiral out of control, only contributing further to our polarization. And we want to change that.
Now You Can Participate in the Together Coffee Challenge!
To participate in the Together Coffee challenge, you will invite someone from a different background, different experience, or with differing views to join you (virtually or in-person) for a coffee date where you will participate in active and reflective listening (crash course and cheat sheet included!) to build empathy, understanding, and togetherness.
Ideally, you will intentionally choose someone you are in a relationship with who might have a more marginalized perspective or experience than yours in some way so that, as a community, we can model how we can create space to intentionally listen to and learn from those voices. You could also try using this listening practice with a partner or family member and focus on an issue where maybe you find yourself stuck and struggling to truly understand one another.
You Could Win a Year’s Worth of Together Coffee!
Anyone who shares about the challenge on social media using the hashtag #TogetherCoffeeChallenge will automatically be entered to win a YEAR of free Together Coffee.
We know that employing reflective listening can make such a big difference in how we approach others around us and that it has the potential to make an incredible IMPACT. We hope you’ll join us in spreading this important message in a time when we could all use a little more understanding and empathy
Now more than ever, we are better together.
These conversation cards will help guide your reflective listening experience.
About Together Coffee:
Sseko Designs was founded under a mango tree in Uganda. Late nights of tinkering on sandal designs and dreaming about a brighter future were fueled by Ugandan coffee — the most delicious coffee we’d ever tasted.
We’ve always been about bringing people together to create community and opportunity for women all over the world, first with fashion and now with incredible coffee from regions we’ve come to know and love.
When you buy Together Coffee, you’re treating yourself to some of the highest-quality and best-tasting coffee in the world. You’re also directly contributing to dignified, fair-wage work for a farmer and a university education for a female scholar in East Africa.
May you find delight, purpose, and togetherness in every cup.
*The Together Coffee challenge will run through November 4 and a winner will be announced shortly afterward. There is no purchase necessary to enter the contest.