News & Articles

Our blog features contributions from partners in the movement for social connectedness as well as youth leaders committed to community building and international development.

A Deep Dive into Loneliness and Social Isolation

The discussion on loneliness and social isolation in media is on the rise. Quartz addresses this topic in their daily deep dive and presented some startling facts.

Must Growing Old Mean Growing Lonely? Reflections from Japan

In her latest Medium piece, Kim contrasts the care and respect she saw for elders in Ōgimi, Japan with the relative lack thereof towards older persons elsewhere in the world.

How to Counter Our National Despair: Meet Those Who Are Different

Timothy Shriver, Chairman and CEO of Special Olympics International writes about the need to break down barriers and unite in this age of divisiveness. His medium: through play and sports.

What Happens When Climate Adaptation Meets Social Isolation?

In her latest piece for Medium, Kim Samuel examines the disproportionate effects of climate change on those facing social isolation, and the need for adaptation strategies to include these groups.

BDB Productions’ Judas Noir, Presented by Obsidian Theatre

Come out and support Toronto theatre by attending BDB Productions’ JUDAS NOIR, set to go up October 9th – 20th!

“Supporting the Whole Student” Workshop

On October 15th and 16th in Montreal, the Samuel Centre for Social Connectedness will host a workshop on “Supporting the Whole Student”. 

BBC Radio 4 Survey Reveals the Loneliest Age Group

A new survey conducted by the BBC has shown that young people, aged 16-24, are the loneliest age group, with 40% of respondents indicating that they feel lonely “often” or “very often”.

Hikikomori: Japan’s Name for a Global Crisis

Hikikomori appears to be a unique cultural phenomenon in Japan, by which individuals completely withdraw from society, but Kim reflects in her latest article on how this is perhaps not so unique.

Supporting Children Born of Rape from the Tutsi Genocide

By Ignace Nikwivuze, Social Connectedness Fellow
As the 25th anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide approaches, it is important to reflect on the many consequences and legacies of the Genocide, one of which was children born of rape.