How to escape the loneliness epidemic

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Date: September 30, 2020

Theme: How to escape the loneliness epidemic

Prompt: How important are relationships to your happiness and wellbeing? How can we be so connected but feel so lonely? And what steps can we take to develop better relationships, build community, and feel more connected?

Thought-starters:

Pre-work: Read what you can and come prepared to discuss the topic.

Facilitation questions

  • In your view, how important are relationships to your happiness and wellbeing? How has your opinion changed over time?
  • How connected do you feel? How often do you feel lonely?
  • How could we be more connected than ever but still feel lonely? What changes have occurred with respect to:
    • Technology
    • Families
    • Faith-based communities
    • Other institutions
  • What are some examples of new ways that communities are popping up? What are the pros and cons of these models?
  • How might we design our lives to build and maintain deeper relationships and communities? What have you learned from different experiments in your own life?