What you need to know about bubble-hopping
What is bubble-hopping?
To bubble hop is to meet and get closer to people you normally not are in contact with. It can be those who work with something else, who have other interests, beliefs, or opinions. Results and experiences vary depending on your intentions and preparations, and sometimes luck.
Why should I bubble hop?
- You can gain better self-awareness, broader perspectives, and a more exciting life.
- You can become a better partner, friend, colleague and boss. When you can put yourself in other peoples' situations, you become empathetic, creative, and innovative.
- If you bubble hop often, talk about it and get others to jump you might contribute to a world with less worrying, hatred, and conflict.
Whom should I hop to?
Choose someone that think differently or do other things than you. Choose what you are curious about and try to find new ways of thinking or solving challenges. Another way is to choose someone with completely different opinions than you have. Opinions that you can't understand and or dislike.
How do I prepare to hop?
Start with reflecting about your own bubble and prejudices. Then find the right person or group you want to meet, agree on a time and place to meet. Practice listening in ways that can lead to new ideas. Prepare open-minded questions. Plan to share your personal story on the topic.
What questions work well?
Try to ask questions that do not seek confirmation of what you already know or believe. One example is to use so-called open and avoid leading or loaded questions. There are lots to learn about asking questions from mediators, psychologists, and journalists. Fika will guide.
How can I listen in different ways?
The art of listening is an often underestimated. We explore four levels from the Presencing Institute.
- Confirmation. What confirms what you already knew?
- Broadening. What did you not know?
- Empathic. How does it feel to be in the other person's
- Generative. What new ideas can you create together?
What do I do with what I have experienced?
Reflect on your bubble hop with others. Formulate your experiences and insights so you can share them in a good way. Plan what you can do to make things better. Do what you planned.
How do I contact someone I want to jump to?
Ask friends, google, call the person(s) you want to meet and say as it is. I'm curious. I am worried. I want to understand. Or whatever it may be. Do you want to have a coffee? Do you want to meet online? And there are many other ways. We explore together.
Can Fika help to enrich my bubble-hopping?
Fika arranges seminars where you can engage in bubble-hopping journeys facilitated by us. Start with signing up for a short online seminar here. Or just contact us.