Those of us focused on strengthening connection and ameliorating the effects of loneliness and isolation must widen the aperture by finding common cause with people working to solve adjacent but overlapping challenges.
With a new advisory released in May, Surgeon General Vivek Murthy is sounding the alarm about an issue that requires urgent, broad-based action: loneliness and social isolation.
It is easy to see how a gloomy outlook on the country and a cynical view of humanity conspire to stifle our collective imagination. Yet that capacity to envision and work toward better futures is most needed in times of upheaval and rapid change; that is, now.
Our Building Strategy Lead Jonathan Gruber spoke on a panel with New Pluralists' Executive Director Uma Viswanathan and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Senior Program Officer Sharon Roerty at the Foundation for Social Connection's 2022 End Social Isolation and Loneliness Action Forum.
In addition to toxic polarization, threats of political violence, the divisive effects of social media, and other oft-cited forces – loneliness is a lesser-known factor that subverts democracy.
Our Building Strategy Lead Jon Gruber and Sarah Ruger of Stand Together, who work closely as funder co-leads of New Pluralists, recently sat down to reflect on their partnership one year into the launch of the collaborative.
2021 brought forth many of the same challenges we’d already been grappling with as a country, along with new ones. Social upheaval, political unrest, and the continued impact of the pandemic aggravate our existing fear, anxiety, and loneliness.
A Call to Connection weaves together science, ancient wisdom, vivid stories, and concrete practices.
This report from More In Common, published in 2018, explores the forces behind political polarization in the U.S. The report asserts that, rather than two overarching groups, Americans are split across seven distinct tribes based on what they believe. Four of these tribes make up the Exhausted Majority.