45 Minutes of Silence

45 Minutes of Silence


Columbia University asked us to present a workshop on ‘Raising Money and Momentum for a Social Enterprise’. Instead of a regular session we decided to begin the session with a quote:

“All of man’s misfortune comes from one thing, which is not knowing how to sit quietly in a room”- Blaise Pascal

We continued… ‘Today we have decided to sit quietly in a room for the next 45 minutes. Please put your pens down and your cell phones underneath your chair. Take a deep breath and join us.” We then proceeded to sit down for forty five minutes of silence. How many people would leave? How many would stay?

The results were astounding.

Partner Organization: Columbia/SVA/NYU Social Enterprise Bootcamp