Binghamton University partners with Ask Big Questions (ABQ) to bring students together for conversations that engage and connect diverse members of a community while building trust and understanding.
What is an Ask Big Questions conversation?
- These reflective small-group conversations can be facilitated by staff or students in residence halls, on service trips and all around campus.
- They begin with a single Big Question that matters to everyone and that everyone can answer.
- They help strengthen civic habits of listening, civility and engaging in diverse perspectives.
- Regardless of participants' backgrounds or views, these conversations offer needed opportunities to see and hear each other more deeply.
Conversations are structured in a four-part format:
- Ask: Facilitators frame conversations by asking Big Questions that matter to everyone, and that everyone can answer.
- Share: Big Questions lead to conversations where participants share personal stories to build trust and understanding.
- Learn: Participants discuss and reflect on a text, image or video to broaden and deepen the conversation.
- Do: Participants connect the conversation to their lives and communities.