It was in Basel, Switzerland. Coming back from a business trip, I was tired and observing people seating around me in the tram. Not understanding the local dialect, it was easy to only focus on their behavior. They were like me, in their small bubble, not interacting with anyone, with a closed face and – apparently – closed mind.
One person suddenly started to talk to his neighbor! It was kind of an event and everybody was almost shocked about this intrusion in their lives.
But from this disruptive event a conversation emerged, between 2, then 3 and 4 people who originally did not know each other’s. Others passengers were simply listening to it… and smiling, like me!
It generated very good vibes in the tram and we all benefited from it. I was suddenly surrounded by humans who just wanted to be nice and polite to each other’s. They were not standalone individuals anymore but beautiful people being part of a community.
This is where I realized that it would be beneficial for society to provide people with basic information helping them breaking the ice. And if they make it, it could really make the world better.
I did not do anything as I was absorbed by my work as an employee. Early 2016, a conversation with a friend woke up this idea. He was then so enthusiastic about it that I decided to invest my cash – yes, it costs! – and my free time into this project. And here we are!