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Lisa Cook

President and Founder, Plan B Connections

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How do you build offline meaningful social connections?

There are many life transitions which trigger the necessity to make new friends- a geographic move, retirement, new job, divorce, etc. How does one establish meaningful friendships - relationships where you both are able to talk about what's really happening in your life rather than Facebook-type status updates?

The US and other nations are seeing an increase in the numbers of people living alone and studies are showing increased loneliness in society as a whole- it affects people regardless of age and marital status. For all those seeking meaningful social connections and stronger social ties, this is an important question. I think building social capital is very important. What is the glue that makes for meaningful social connections?


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I was fortunate to have the chance to share my story at TEDxMahtomedi!

Hope you'll watch my talk and share your ideas on making meaningful connections. Let's keep the conversation going!


Lisa Cook

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  • Feb 19 2013: I belive that Facebook is actually not a good way to comunicate your feelings toward someone or something becasue of the mis comunication and false acusations that could be precived when reading a status. Even now, as you read this post, you don't know wether or not I am happy or just plain annoyed. But that shoudnt draw people away from the aspect of going out and making friends. I see facebook as a place to help connect people and share ideas or places of interest. But when you want to create a meaningful relationship, don't go cyber. One on One, Face to Face interactions actually help you really get to have a close relationship with someone, you can see there facial expressions, hear the tone in there voice, and may or may not create a bond that will last. This is more important because it helps you really know the pearson instead of guessing what he or she is meaning when on the web. Also moving and creating new friends is a GREAT way to create social connections. When you move, you can take what you have learned from your old friends and build it upon your new friends. Thus, creating a better relationship.

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