loneliness epidemic

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124 pg pdf link: https://wpp-shareable.sfo2.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Shareable_community-solutions-to-the-loneliness-epidemic.pdf

community solutions to loneliness epidemic via shareable: https://www.shareable.net/community-solutions-to-the-loneliness-epidemic/


intro’d here:

@thefriley love your initiative to curb social isolation w/ the @Nextdoor community. @Shareable just published a free e-book on community solutions to loneliness. I invite youto download a free copy & use it in your campaign: https://t.co/1C3aKHEBnN
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/gorenflo/status/1154513642362044417



1\ overview/opinion


Today, the average American has only one confidant. That’s down from three since 1985.

This sharp increase in social isolation parallels trends in other industrialized nations including Japan, South Korea, and the United Kingdom. In fact, just last year the U.K. created a new government position with an eerie title that could’ve come straight out of Orwell’s “1984” — a Minister of Loneliness. It was created because “more than nine million people in the country often or always feel lonely,” according to a 2017 report. That’s about one lonely Brit in every seven. The irony is that while we’re more connected than ever — the average Facebook user has 338 friends — we’re also more alone than ever.

worse than smoking 15 cigarettes a day. It’s associated with a greater risk of heart disease, dementia, depression, and anxiety


Shareable invites you to explore solutions with us by first reframing these problems as a crisis of society, not just of health.


“It’s becoming harder and harder to form bonds. How do we know what we have in common?” Grygiel said. “Seriously, we need to put the phones down and say ‘Hi,’ to each other.”

perhaps rather.. use tech in a diff way.. ie: to listen to each voice.. finding who is ‘in common with who (locally) and then connecting us.. ie: as it could be..


Unlike Europe — including Denmark, Sweden and the Netherlands — the U.S. has been slow to move toward alternative housing options like co-housing, a concept that allows a collective sharing of services like common kitchens, dining rooms, laundry services and day care.


Residents in Denmark’s first co-housing community, built in 1972, described Saettedammen, where 71 people live, as an “extended family

rp ness


2\ How people are coming together to solve social isolation

pot lucks to gardens to ..


everyone everyday project

everyone everydayparticipatory cities


All the research says that it is the participation itself which is impactful — and that’s what we’re finding, says Nat Defriend.

actually.. participation in the thing you can’t not do.. key.. otherwise.. just spinning wheels

begs curiosity (where’s my insatiable itch today) over decision making (ie: what should i participate in)

Defriend is keen to emphasise that each of the growing legion of Every One, Every Day projects are genuine peer-to-peer collaborations. “It’s not one resident donating their time to another who needs it — which would be the charity model — and it’s not a commercial transaction, for profit,” he says. “It’s a genuinely mutual endeavor, shared between the residents. And that’s why it works.”

great.. but unless starts w/in each person .. everyday.. it won’t keep on working.. so begs a mech to listen to every voice.. first thing.. every day.. as it could be..


3\ How organizations are coming together to solve social isolation


The goal is to reconnect citizens to the power and responsibility of civic engagement.

eric lui civic saturdays .. et al

what we need is to reconnect to daily curiosity  ie: cure ios city.. a  means to natural/ongoing regeneration

if civic ness really worked.. eric‘s initiatives et al.. would have spread exponentially/globally by now


How can Time Banking cultivate wisdom and combat loneliness and isolation? Time Banking encompasses and embodies the six components of wisdom.

1\ Life knowledge: It shines the light on the talent equally distributed across the population. It unlocks the value in each human that is hidden by traditional measures of economic wealth.

not really. not authentically.. if we’re getting measured/accounted-for in any form


How Libraries of Things build resilience, fight climate change, and bring communities together

open library ness


MyTurn is a mission-driven enterprise that uses “radical reuse” and sharing to increase affordable access to products — while reducing consumption and waste from those very same resources.

nice if it was sans money (any form of measuring/accounting).. have/need ness doesn’t have to be measured.. in fact.. i’d say if we measure/account… we’re not really talking about needs..


on sr’s


10 innovative projects


4\ How governments are coming together to solve social isolation


one in 11 Americans over 50 lives without a spouse, partner or child

community voices heard.. participatory budgeting et al


The announcement, in January 2018, that Britain would have the world’s first ever ‘minister for loneliness’ was greeted with consternation. It even sounded like a joke to some American observers. Member of Parliament Tracey Crouch, already the Minister for Sport and Civil Society, had her brief widened to incorporate loneliness.


The move was meant to build on work begun by the late Labour MP Jo Cox, who was murdered in 2016, and in whose name a major loneliness commission was established.

A 2016 report by the Co-op and British Red Cross found that more than nine million Brits say they are often or always lonely (about one in seven).


As Neal Gorenflo argued in the introductory piece to this series, loneliness is not just a major public health issue for individuals, but an indictment of an unwell society — of “social fabric in danger of fraying beyond repair.” It is a condition that most acutely affects those who are already vulnerable: In Britain, half of disabled people say they are lonely on any given day. Eight out of ten caregivers say they have felt lonely. And 38% of people with dementia said they had lost friends since their diagnosis


How Seoul is confronting its deadly isolation epidemic with sharing

Seoul has made a name for itself as one of world’s premier sharing cities, with an official metropolitan ordinance to promote sharing, a dedicated sharing and innovation bureau, a scheme for classifying enterprises as certified sharing entities, and a range of resource sharing programs. At the same time, it’s a capital of abject social solitude.


In March 2018, recognizing the rise in so-called “lonely deaths,” or godoksa, when people die alone without anyone noticing for some time, the Seoul Metropolitan Government announced a new scheme of neighborly visits and emergency subsidies.


Getting the generations together


Seniors with a spare room open their homes to university students, with the two generations coming together several times a week to share a meal.


5\ Event recap: Exploring community solutions to the loneliness epidemic


On Wednesday April 10, 2019 over 120 people gathered at San Francisco State University (SFSU) to discuss today’s loneliness epidemic and how community action can help reduce it.


pic of someone at event holding book: team human

team human (book)