Symposium on Overcoming Isolation and Deepening Social Connectedness to be held in October 2014
Social isolation significantly impacts individual and community health, well-being, livelihoods, and resilience, and yet few programmes and policies currently address this issue directly.
Isolation is the feeling of sitting alone at the bottom of a well. Connectedness is the feeling of belonging. Social isolation prevents individuals and communities from the power to flourish. Social connectedness presents individuals and communities with the power to flourish. - Kim Samuel
Although social isolation has been identified as a potential cause and consequence of multidimensional poverty worldwide, its impact and importance continue to be under-recognized by programme designers and policymakers working with vulnerable populations. In recent years, a handful of organizations have begun to explore and address the issue of social isolation head on, but much more remains to be done.
Global Innovation and Local Practice
Synergos/Synergos Canada are honored to work with the Samuel Family Foundation, TakingITGlobal, Special Olympics International, Oxford Poverty & Human Development Initiative (OPHI) at the University of Oxford, Community Foundations of Canada, and Evergreen in organizing the first global symposium on Overcoming Isolation and Deepening Social Connectedness, in Toronto on October 1-3.
The event will be distinguished by an uncommon degree of participation from those attending and through an effort to transcend the boundaries of academia, social programs, and first-hand community experience. It will likewise be enriched by the uncovering of insights from Canadian First Nations, people with disabilities and communities coping with HIV/AIDS in Southern Africa. The event will include sharing of experience from Synergos’ work with partners in Southern Africa, and enrich our own work in the region as well as the work, we hope, of all other participants.
For more information about this event, visit www.socialconnectedness.org.