Frequently Asked Questions

What is Shared_Studios?

Shared_Studios takes you outside your world, bringing you face-to-face with people you might otherwise never get the chance to know. When you enter one of our portals, located in more than 40 cities around the globe and staffed by local curators, you feel like you’re in the same room as the person on the other end — whether they’re in Tokyo, Nairobi, or Detroit. The result? Unforgettable experiences that will open you up to new perspectives and invigorate your sense of humanity.

What is the Shared_Studios global network?

Our growing network of Shared_Spaces, staffed by local curators in more than 40 communities around the world, power real, meaningful conversations across distance and difference, opening people up to new perspectives and invigorating their sense of humanity.

Dynamic local curators at each location make authentic connection possible by providing conversation prompts, programming expertise and live language interpretation.

Face-to-face conversations empower us to embrace our differences.

What happens in a Shared_Space?

When you step into one of Shared_Studio’s immersive Shared_Spaces, you feel like you’re in the same room as the person on the other end. Whether it’s connecting students in the US and the Middle East for a hackathon, facilitating a virtual meal between employees in Germany and Australia, or bringing performers in Kabul and Mumbai together to share a dance, we create unforgettable experiences and conversations that bring people closer together.

How is the experience in Shared_Spaces different from traditional videoconferencing?

Shared_Spaces differs from traditional video conferencing in two ways:

  1. Technology: Where traditional video conferencing is restricted to a computer screen, making every participant a floating head, Shared_Spaces are immersive, full-body depictions that allow participants to make eye-contact and feel as those they are sharing the same physical space. To make people connect in genuine, authentic ways, they must be able to acknowledge each other not as a disembodied voices, but as an embodied, life-size human beings.

  2. Human curation: Every Shared_Studios encounter is facilitated by a real human being - a curator who translates, prompts, and guides the conversation, and every interaction is themed or planned to suit the participants. Curators serve as global community organizers. They ensure that a diverse range of participants visit the Shared_Spcae, and create connections that are of the greatest benefit to their community.

What is a Shared_Studios Curator, and what do they do?

Curators connect the Portal to the world and to their local community. They staff the Portal and are present for all connections. They translate, support, and facilitate encounters to make sure all participants are comfortable and engaged.

Who uses Shared_Spaces?

When you step into one of Shared_Studio’s immersive Shared_Spaces, you feel like you’re in the same room as the person on the other end, leading to unforgettable experiences and conversations. Whether it’s connecting students in the US and the Middle East for a hackathon, facilitating a virtual meal between employees in Germany and Australia, or bringing performers in Kabul and Mumbai together to share a dance, we create unforgettable experiences and conversations that bring people closer together.

How many spaces do you have now?

We have nearly 50 Shared_Spaces, and are continuing to grow this network with a range of partners. As our network grows, so do the possibilities for connection across difference. Check out our sites section for the latest Shared_Space locations.

How do cities work with Shared_Studios?

Cities and cultural institutions partner with Shared_Studios to give locals and tourists a unique and immersive way to connect with other cultures around the globe.

How do schools work with Shared_Studios?

Schools partner with Shared_Studios to give students an immersive platform for sharing ideas and connecting to the cultures and communities they learn about in the classroom.

For example, through Shared_Spaces, Johns Hopkins University hosted collaborative hackathons with Middle Eastern students to solve real-world public health challenges that refugee and at-risk populations face.

How do companies work with Shared_Studios?

Companies partner with Shared_Studios to create inclusive, connected experiences where employees, suppliers and other stakeholders from around the world have the unprecedented opportunity to connect as if they were in the same room. For example, Starbucks connected employees in Seattle with coffee-growers from around the world to share stories, tips, trends and - of course - a cup of coffee.

How much does it cost?

The pricing of Shared_Spaces depends on a number of factors. Please get in touch with our team via our Contact page to start a conversation.

How do I get a Shared_Space in my community or for my company or city?

We are always looking for new partners that want to bring the power of real conversation to their communities and organizations -- while also helping us broaden our global network of connected Shared_Spaces. Please contact info@sharedstudios.com to learn more.

What is the broader vision of Shared_Studios?

We are constantly building new Shared_Spaces in partnership with cities, schools, companies and other organizations to help drive the authentic exchange of ideas and perspectives across global communities — in a way that’s never before been possible.

As our network grows, so do the possibilities for connection, our goal is to be in 100 countries by 2022, becoming a fixture across city centers, schools, companies, museums, villages and beyond.