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Nothing builds bonds more than being seen and feeling heard. Actually Curious is a card game that brings people closer together, using the science and psychology of emotional connection to teach tools of active listening and empathy. The game was created in 2018 by Curiosity Lab, a marketing company built on the idea that we can make a real difference in the world by accelerating demand within the purpose economy.
Drawing references from psychologists, journalists, crisis negotiators, game developers, friends and family, the game teaches the tools of having conversations with empathy. Playing a fun and competitive card game is a sneakily effective way of disarming the defenses and getting into important topics.
Actually Curious card sets take a new approach to game night with family & friends, intentional dating, conversation starters and even journal practices & prompts! Thirsty for more? The Actually Curious team curates "Empathy Workouts" to strengthen your empathy muscles every Sunday for virtual talks, and game night-style workshops on themes that deepen empathy for self and others, while helping set meaningful intentions for the week ahead.
Today, Founder and CEO of Curiosity Lab, Michael Tennant, is an award-winning media, advertising, and nonprofit veteran for companies like MTV, VICE Media, P&G, CocaCola, and more. However, early in his career, Michael struggled to find advocates and mentors that looked like him and cared to guide him during those early days. It is this lack of representation and mentorship that inspired his commitment to bringing opportunities to underserved communities, and a long term ambition to build a thriving integrated products, media, and services business, from communities of color and intended to unite the world.
After the consecutive loss of his two brothers, this ambition led him to leave the corporate world and embark on a road trip across the US, eventually to create Actually Curious, a card game designed to bring people together. Nothing builds bonds more than being seen and feeling heard, and Actually Curious is the only party game that uses the science and psychology of emotional connection.
The game was initially created in 2018 as a tool to help fight divisiveness in this country. It’s become a viral hit this past year as a game that spreads empathy, and has been featured on Beyoncé’s Black Parade Business list, the New York Times and the TODAY show.
Michael TennantFounder & CEO
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