Hello starts great conversations at conferences, events, and retreats

Common Practice offers services that can be customized to your conference or retreat to create an engaging experience for attendees, including direct experience with our conversation game and speaking.

Give your participants a powerful experience

Playing HelloCommon Practice’s conversation game Hello has been used at events around the world to help people get to know each other through deep and meaningful conversations. The game has been shown through experience and published research to be an effective way for people to get to know each other better, whether they have known each other for years or are complete strangers.

The game explores the topics of serious illness and death through a non-threatening and fun conversation that can be scheduled for between 40 minutes and two hours, making it a great fit for an icebreaker, lunch, or breakout workshop.

Who is the game for?

The game is designed for general audiences and can be used by any group with no training or expert facilitation needed. While popular at healthcare-focused conferences, it is an excellent icebreaker that helps any group of people get to know each other quickly.

How is the game delivered?

For events, Hello is available as a Conversation Event Kit which includes all the materials you’ll need, including take-home materials for participants and scripts and preparation materials that anyone can use to easily facilitate a game. Common Practice Staff can also be hired to facilitate game events.


Nick Jehlen, Common Practice Partner and Lead Designer

Nick’s background in the research and design of innovative conversation tools makes him an excellent choice for audiences that want to learn about the science behind improving staff, patient, and family experience.
Topics include:

  • Research on quality conversations
  • Practical tools for improving conversations
  • Use of games in facilitating conversations

Dr. Jeff Cohn, MD, MHCM, Common Practice Medical Director

Jeff brings deep experience in direct care for patients and leading and supporting change initiatives leading to sustained improvements in outcomes, even for challenges that appear seemingly intractable. Jeff’s prior work in the clinic and in health care leadership roles makes him an excellent speaker for audiences that include clinicians and healthcare executives.
Topics include:

  • Quality Care for People with Advancing Serious Illness?
  • Advance Care Planning
  • Role of conversation in caring for people with ASI
  • Use of games in facilitating conversations
  • Navigating complex change initiatives in healthcare

Jethro Heiko, Common Practice CEO
Jethro has over 20 years of experience in community organizing, strategic nonviolence and bereavement. He has worked with a wide range of organizations creating culture change and can speak from experience about meaningful social change within organizations and communities.

Topics include:

  • Movement and community building
  • The relationship of loss and transformation for groups and communities
  • Engaging young adults and students around issues of illness and loss