An action forum for leaders working to address social isolation, loneliness, and connection.
Our goal is to address our social isolation and loneliness epidemic – learning community insights and solutions for greater social connection from pioneering researchers, social innovators, and corporate, nonprofit, and civic leaders. Together we can spark action and transformation at the local, state, and national levels.
On October 12-14, 2023, the Foundation for Social Connection, Healthy Places by Design, and Harvard University’s Human Flourishing Program – with generous support from Einhorn Collaborative – hosted Building Connected Communities, an action forum for leaders working to address social isolation, loneliness, and connection. We invited changemakers from across the country to join us in Boston, Massachusetts and virtually to learn how we can collectively build more socially connected communities.
Over the three days, pioneering researchers, social innovators, and corporate, non-profit, and civic leaders presented their solutions and shared their insights for addressing community barriers and advancing greater social connection. Additionally, attendees participated in plenary sessions, small group workshops, and a half-day field trip to Boston neighborhoods for learning exchanges with local organizations.
Check-In (Harvard Memorial Church)
Opening Session (Harvard Memorial Church)
Social Connection and Flourishing Throughout Life
Building Connected Communities (Harvard Memorial Church)
Morning Coffee (Harvard Memorial Church)
Connecting in a Disconnected World: Where do we go from here? (Harvard Memorial Church)
iGen: Social Connection and Loneliness Among the Smartphone Generation (Harvard Memorial Church)
Fireside Chat and Q&A with U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy and Dr. Julianne Holt-Lunstad Ph.D. (Harvard Memorial Church)
Evening Keynote (Harvard Memorial Church)
Welcome and Introduction to Boston’s Social Connectedness Work (Thelma Burns Building)
Overview of the Day
Welcome to Boston and Citywide Supports for Social Connection
Orientation for Field Learning
Connection Break and Load Shuttles
Experiential Learning in Boston Neighborhoods
Lunch (Thelma Burns Building)
Reflecting on Social Solutions (Thelma Burns Building)
Closing Remarks (Thelma Burns Building)
Building Connected Communities is hosted by the Harvard Human Flourishing Program, The Foundation for Social Connection, and Healthy Places by Design with generous support from Einhorn Collaborative.