Two hours with a stranger: can these questions open up a city?

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A monthly meetup at one of Vienna’s traditional coffeehouses encourages strangers to push past small talk and aims to forge connections in the city – and a new culture of conversation

The shadows are getting longer on Georg-Coch-Platz in Vienna’s first district, and every table outside Cafe Ministerium is full. A group of about 30 people have settled there with palpable trepidation ahead of the rest of their evening: two hours of conversation – not small talk – with a total stranger.

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