This Boston Startup Wants You to Talk Politics at Starbucks

The company says it tries to screen for people who are nice through a questionnaire when users sign up

The company says each participant will receive part of a Starbucks gift card, which must be pieced together with that of the participant’s match to be redeemed.

Get into a friendly political debate while you sip on your Coconut Milk Mocha Macchiato at Starbucks through one startup company in Boston, Hi From The Other Side, which is looking connect people “not to convince, but to understand” beliefs different from their own.

According to the company, prospective participants can sign up through Facebook, answer a few questions, and wait to receive an email if a match is found. Once a match is made, the company leaves it up to the participants to follow up and set up a time to have a conversation.

The company also provides a conversation guide to give potential talking points, such as “When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? How did you come to that idea?” and “Think back to before the election, what were you most hopeful about? What were you most afraid of?”

Starbucks is not officially affiliated with the startup, but has provided e-gift cards to the company for users to redeem during their meet-ups.

“In this case Starbucks has donated gift cards to Hi From the Other Side to help encourage participants to meet in person for the important conversations the program facilitates,” a company spokesperson told Eater.


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