shutterstock_205206115 The Case for Landscape Play: Using design to foster social connectedness (5/27/2016) - Creating inclusive play environments that foster a sense of social inclusion for children is one solution that landscape designers and architects are working on to prevent children from experiencing the harmful effects of a lack of play.
shutterstock_417506098 #CraftReconciliation: Building Bridges between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Communities (5/24/2016) - The conversation around reconciliation for youth is continuing to grow with projects such as the #CraftReconciliation Challenge, focusing on creating meaningful dialogue in hopes of facilitating connections that lead to enhanced solidarity across the country.
Screen Shot 2016-05-09 at 10.39.53 AM New Aging: Live Smarter Now to Live Better Forever (5/19/2016) - Matthias Hollwich, co-founder of the New York architecture firm, HWKN, recently published the book, New Aging: Live smarter now to live better forever. Hollwich highlights various commitments we can make now that will allow us to live healthier and more meaningful lives as we age— one of those commitments is to “be social”.
Malawi Mentors Doing a Buddy activity Reconnecting with Children: Lessons from Southern Africa (5/16/2016) - Synergos Institute in collaboration with Kim Samuel and Psychosocial Wellbeing for All Children (REPSSI) have released a toolkit that helps practitioners to mobilize diverse community members on issues surrounding social connectedness.
Environmental Performance Index “Protecting our Planet by Working Together” important EPI briefing at UN Headquarters (5/11/2016) - "The results of the 2016 EPI give cause for both optimism and alarm," declared Kim Samuel, Professor of Practice at McGill University, and co-founder of the Environmental Performance Index (EPI) as she introduced the 2016 EPI at a special briefing - Global Metrics for the Environment - held at the United Nations headquarters in New York on May 9th, 2016.
26795955735_01267247ca_k Creative Advocacy Tools to Foster a Culture of Belonging (5/9/2016) - Understanding the importance of fostering a culture of belonging, Liam O'Doherty, Director of Digital Youth Engagement at TakingITGlobal, hosted the "What Does Belonging Look Like?" workshop at the International Civil Society Week in Bogotà, Colombia.

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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.