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Connect Fireside Chats Emcee
Stuart Chittenden
STUART CHITTENDEN  Founder of Squishtalks & Host of Radio Talk Show & Podcast, Lives.


Born in sight of England’s Canterbury Cathedral, Stuart has called Omaha home since 2004. Formerly a London-based lawyer and a brand consultant, he founded the conversation catalyst Squishtalks in 2010 working with companies, nonprofits, and communities to build strong human relationships.

Believing in conversation’s power to connect, in 2015 Stuart undertook the community project “a couple of 830 mile long conversations,” adventuring in an RV for four weeks along side roads and among small towns to talk with Nebraskans, discovering the lives, cultures and stories of people he met. Currently Stuart is engaged in “Stories from the Redline” in collaboration with The Union for Contemporary Art’s exhibition exploring the pernicious human impact of redline housing policies. He also hosts a community radio talk show and podcast, Lives.

In addition, Stuart cofounded the creativity agency Gilbert+Chittenden in 2017, collaborating with creativity expert Dan Gilbert using design thinking to help individuals and organizations creatively realize their best futures.

Stuart is a member of the UK’s Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development, has spoken at three TEDx events, and is a published poet.