So many of us long to be part of something real. But we’ll need to risk discomfort and criticism and show the world our real selves first, says vulnerability researcher Brené Brown.

Kio Stark has always talked to strangers, believing it provides new ways to fall in love with the world. She shares 5 ways to spark a meaningful interaction with someone you’ve never met before.

As a radio host, Celeste Headlee has engaged in more than her fair share of discussions, and she has thought a lot about ways to bring out the best in a conversational counterpart. One thing she likes to say — a good conversation is like a game of catch. Huh? She explains.

Cities are the the 21st century’s dominant form of civilization — and they’re where humanity’s struggle for survival will take place. Robert Muggah and Ben Barber spell out the possibilities.

Psychologist Guy Winch shares some practical tips for soothing the sting of rejection.

Tips from a comedian and a journalist on the art of going from small talk to big ideas. Try these out at the next summer wedding reception.