I wrote recently about cuddle parties. How about eye contact parties? Apparently these are designed to deepen connections in speed-dating situations. People spend a couple of minutes wordlessly staring into the eyes of each potential partner in the room, circulating to the next stranger as a bell dings or something. Both people must maintain steady eye contact. Then when the rounds of staring are finished, there is ample time to converse with anyone with whom you want to connect. The press about it says that the conversations start at a much deeper level than is usual for social mixers.