Bridging Divides, Building Connectedness Lecture

Building on extensive research undertaken with impoverished communities around the world, Kim Samuel takes the concept of social isolation as a key aspect of multi-dimensional poverty one step further than current approaches.  Beyond its linkage to poverty, social isolation inhibits the growth, achievement and success of individuals, families, communities and even nations.  Reflecting on the core principles of respect, recognition and reciprocity, Professor Samuel develops strategies to build social connectedness through program initiatives and, more broadly, through policy.  Drawing on her personal experience as a leader in her family business together with her recent work with Indigenous communities in Canada, Professor Samuel offers a unique and important perspective on the Canadian challenge and responsibility to advance reconciliation and build social connectedness.

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