Today we’re more connected than ever, but more isolated than any point in human history. More than 40% of the American adult population reports feeling lonely in their day to day lives, fueling a growing loneliness epidemic. Loneliness is a serious health problem, equivalent in lifespan reduction to smoking 15 cigarettes a day and linked to a range of health problems like obesity and cardiovascular disease. Yet, the average person spends nearly 2 hours per day on social media “connecting” with others.   In recent months we’ve seen some attempts at solutions: Facebook decided to make its News Feed more meaningful by prioritizing personal connections, and the U.K. appointed a Minister of Loneliness to “confront this challenge for society.” This leaves us asking; is being online making us lonely? Is the nature of our work and our world making us less connected? What are the implications for the future of society and business online? In this panel, we’ll get to the root of what it means to be human on and offline with our panelists: Kristin Hodgson, Communications Director, Meetup Christine Moellenberndt, Community Manager & Anthropologist, Reddit Lisa Cifuentes, Head of Community, CreativeMornings Matthew Ström, Design Director, WSJ.com A'Driane Nieves, Founder, Tessera Collective Moderator:  Nilofer Merchant, Speaker & Author, The Power of Onlyness This discussion is for anyone thinking about the effects of technology and society on human connection and community. It’s for internet makers, philosophers, strategists, designers, brand builders, creatives, healers, and humans. Come with an open mind, listening ears and a willingness to participate. Hosted by Community by Design, Loyal, CultureLabx, & Convene

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Making Meaning: Driving Human Connection in a Digital World

Date & Time
127 days ago
Neighborhood
Financial District