shutterstock_166640669 Put down that phone – it’s time to reconnect (7/28/2016) - When it comes to technology and social media, humans are more connected than ever before. But, do we actually feel closer to one another? With new information about the detrimental effects of a digital-heavy lifestyle, experiences that offer short-term freedom from technology are becoming more appealing.
Syrian coffee house Embracing and preserving culture and heritage during conflict (7/26/2016) - La maison de la Syrie an organization based in Montreal, Quebec is working to balance negative images coming out of the country by offering another view. One of rich, diverse cultures full of music, dance and delicacies building a sense of connectedness for refugees.
Picture1 The New View of You: Uncovering the rare qualities that make you irreplaceable to your community (7/21/2016) - In this piece Kathleen Shriver highlights the idea that if we can connect with our own feelings, we will connect naturally in social environments. The social connectedness of our communities will flourish.
DSC_0017 Overcoming the Boredom Blues (7/18/2016) - Boredom Blues was Indigenous filmmaker Craig Commanda’s first film and explores his own struggles with boredom and depression. This was facilitated by Wapikoni Mobile- a non-profit organization that works with Indigenous communities to train youth in technical and social aspects of filmmaking as a way to combat suicide and isolation in their communities.
Felipe Dana:Associated Press The Male Voice: unveiling & understanding the male response to sexual assault (7/13/2016) - Many women face overwhelming feelings of shame and isolation after being assaulted. However, we need to remember, this is not just a women’s issue. Men’s active participation is critical to ending men’s violence against women, children, and other men.
UNFPA/Anra Adhikari World Population Day: Strengthening Networks to Promote the Rights of Girls (7/11/2016) - July 11th is been observed as World Population Day by the international community. The day “focuses attention on the urgency and importance of population issues”. This year, the UNFPA is urging all governments, businesses, and civil society to support and invest in teenage girls.

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Ongoing Dialogue

Through ongoing effort, events and dialogue, this network continues its commitment to further ‎understanding of social isolation, to gain insight, and to confirm actions required to support and achieve social connectedness as a key to individual and community well-being.