Lowell Lecture

How To Make Meaningful Conversation

Date & Time

Nov. 16, 2020 at 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.


, MA
Driving Directions


Fred Dust has designed conversations for all sorts of scenarios from the Aspen Institute to victims of gun violence in Brooklyn. He chairs the board of Parsons School of Design and sits on the board of NPR, the New School and Sundance Institute.

Presenting Organization

Cambridge Forum


Mary Stack (director@cambridgeforum.org, 617 495 2727)

Successful architect and designer, Fred Dust was looking for a way to merge creation, social change and dialogue when he joined IDEO in 2000, attracted by its collaborative design culture. He began to concentrate his attentions on constructive conversation, which he discovered was critical to problem-solving in all sorts of different environments from schools, to non-profits and governments. Now Dust has put all these lessons into his new book, MAKING CONVERSATION which offers readers a tool kit, outlining 7 essential elements for meaningful conversations saying that, "Constructive conversation is one of humanity's first and most powerful tools."