What is a Meaningful Meeting?

You’ve had many meaningful meetings in your life; you know them when they happen. When you understand another person’s perspective and they understand yours. When you share a moment with someone together as ‘we’ not as ‘you’ and ‘me’.

Our approach to Meaningful Meetings is to give you the tools and the opportunity to share more of these moments with your colleagues.

 

Connect on a deeper level

Our Meaningful Meetings are a collection of designed experiences for you to share with a colleague over 45 minutes. We’ll help you to connect on a deeper level, whilst only taking a little time out of your day.

Frameworks designed for you

Based on you sharing deeper insights with one another, we design frameworks for your meeting. This is a safe space where you can be open and inspire each other through carefully selected activities.

Work is better when we’re social

As well as making your working environment a friendlier, more empathic place to be, we believe that forming deeper connections with more people in our lives can be transformative. That’s our aim with Meaningful Meetings.

Empathy Quotient EQ

Human Hotel uses the Meaningful Meetings to increase employees EQ, and allow the company to track/measure the increase over time.

It is well known that success in individuals requires more than IQ – as human beings, our emotional intelligence (EI) is of high value too. Empathy is an element of EI which is increasingly recognized as the trait that is crucial to the success of human-to-human interactions. In fact, psychologists developed an empathy quotient (EQ) as an individual human-centred measurement of empathy that people can measure themselves. 

Having high EQ among employees brings about both individual and collective benefits: interpersonal relationships improve, teams become higher functioning, and evidence-based research shows that companies that are able to apply EQ to a business setting, not least during product development, are some of the most successful in the world.

At Human Hotel, we have developed a methodology for our meticulously curated Meaningful Meetings that, from the very first contact, induces empathy and sparks inspiration among the meeting participants. With time, as deeper investment is made by participating in more Meaningful Meetings, the increase in EQ becomes more sustainable to the benefit of the company and the participants themselves.

From the art world to the real world

Social Sculpture

 

Before we started Human Hotel, we spent many years as artists working with what’s known as ‘social sculpture‘. Our projects were about bringing people together in experimental frameworks designed to challenge and inspire the participants.

Through this work, we learned how powerful meetings can be, and how the right framework can elevate an everyday interaction into something much more significant.

We decided that turning our attention from the art world to the real world would let us make more of an impact. Now we use what we’ve learned to create more (and deeper) connections between people than ever before.

New Life Residency (2008) – participants lived and worked for one week in a completely dark exhibition space. Each participant was paired with a local blind or visually impaired assistant.

Bonus Balls (2012) – we sold candy containing the hair of bankers responsible for the 2008 crash.

Exhibitions & awards

We exhibited our social sculptures and participatory interventions at a wealth of institutional and non-profit venues including Artists Space, New York (2004), the Third Guangzhou Triennial, Guangzhou (2008), Manifesta 8, Murcia (2010), the Sixth Momentum Biennial, Moss (2011), Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art, Gothenbrug (2013), Athens Biennial, Athens (2013) and the 55th Venice Biennial, Venice (2013) among many other places.

Our team was awarded The Future of the Present Award, Franklin Furnace, New York City (USA),  and nominated for The International Award for Participatory, Art (Italy).

Check out our portfolio at Wooloo.net.

Get in touch

Are you interested in creating your company’s own homesharing community? We’d be happy to tell you more about it and how we can best tailor it to your needs.

Send us a message!

PHOTOGRAPHY BY

Shane Timm