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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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  • Mar 3 2013: I think it's hysterical ... and sad ... that the word "offline" has to be stated here :) (as i have to put a sto0pid emoticon into my thoughts to show i am not as snide as it might seem without it.

    Easy answer: move to the South. But for godsakes don't tell them you're a Yankee! Southerners are very open and easy to talk to. I talk to everyone. Ive never met a stranger. So part of this is foreign to me.

    Hard answer... no, not an answer, per se, but a muddled thought... there's meeting a potential romantic partner... that i have failed at for -egads!-8 years now!! So from that angle i can see the plight of those who would rather be gorgeous and flirty in, say Second Life, then have to face real people as they really are.

    I've heard the Frozen Food section in a supermarket is good hunting grounds... or a laundromat. Sigh...

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