Poland: Benches inviting people to talk appear in the country’s parks

Many people do not deal with the difficulties of others, as they are preoccupied with their own affairs. Fortunately for our world, there are many exceptions that are able to devote their time to improve with their actions at least one day or even one’s life. Allison Owen Jones, the inspirer of the Happy to Chat benches campaign, is one such person.

During her visit to the park, Allison noticed a man who looked lonely but felt unable to approach him so that the situation would not be embarrassing for either side. At that point, Allison saw how problematic it is nowadays to start a conversation with a stranger, so she decided to take matters into her own hands. As part of her idea, she soon created discussion boards and hung them on benches in Cardiff. Her idea proved to be a great success, which is why everyone soon learned about it.

Photo: LoveKraków.pl

As people engaged in social activities, the architectural firm Fulco decided to follow the example of Allison and move its initiative to Poland and then expand its business to other continents, hoping to reach as many people as possible. in order to combat loneliness on a large scale. The inventor of the Gaduławka name, the Polish counterpart of the Happy to Chat bench, is Krzysiek Sabuda – Senior Marketing Specialist at Fulco System.

Gaduławka is a bench that encourages discussion. On a special plate one can see an invitation that invites us to rest and wait for an interlocutor for a discussion. Gaduławka’s goal is to fight loneliness and rebuild a sense of community among people. The campaign reached Poland thanks to Kazimierz’s TEDx speech. The initiative was taken by Krakow businessmen Richard Lucas and Maria Gorczyca, in collaboration with Fulco – one. The project is also supported by Magdalena Błyskosz – founder of Open Coffee Youth.

Allison Owen-Jones, who helped inaugurate the first such bench in Poland, stressed that you never know where a simple “good morning” can lead. Owen-Jones expressed the hope that the bench would encourage people in the neighborhood to talk to each other.

Allison Owen-Jones who originally had the idea. Photo: htbc-fulco-pl



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