TeaTalk

Imagination Zone

TeaTalk

TeaTalk is a mobile tea-serving cart that offers space for conversation and social connection.

School:

SFU

Department:

Centre for Dialogue

Course:

SFU Semester at CityStudio

Instructors:

Duane Elverum, Janet Moore

City of Vancouver Partners:

  • Emory Davidge | NEFC Planning
  • Karen Henry | Public Art
  • Lihwen Hsu | Public Engagement

Student Team:

  • Glenn Mendonsa | UBC
  • Urba Khan | SFU
  • Alex Butler | UBC
  • Iain Marjoribanks | UBC

Strategy:

  • NEFC Area Plan
  • Public Art Boost
  • DTES Local Area Plan
  • Healthy City Strategy

Summary

TeaTalk is a mobile tea-serving cart that offers space for conversation and social connection over the sharing of a free cup of tea.

We launched TeaTalk on November 26, 2016 in Northeast False Creek as part of CityStudio’s Imagination Zone. We partnered with local artist George Rahi, using his mobile tea-serving trailer to create an inviting gathering space. On a cold, rainy Saturday afternoon, we engaged in rich conversation with 70 unique individuals. The TeaTalk model demonstrates the simple success of using tea to physically bring people together in an inclusive space, facilitate the creation of connections between local area residents, and inspire future social engagement projects in the Imagination Zone.

TeaTalk
TeaTalk

Next Steps

The offering of free tea and intimate space for conversation has the potential to shift social culture in Vancouver. The City of Vancouver now uses the TeaTalks model to engage with the public on future plans and strategies, such as the Places for People Downtown study, Rain City Strategy and future of the Arbutus Corridor.