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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 9 2013: Let me explain my experience. We live in a very small country, we are 70.000 people, yes smaller than your neighborhood. Our TEDx organizer group started from a twitter conversation. We decided to go offline and meet for a coffee, That was the spark. our first bay step to start walking together, then we decided that we wanted to organize our first TEDx . This friendship trip started with a common project. We didn't have something in common to start with, just twitter talks. We have done 4 TEDx event for our community.
    My advise, if I may, Create a purpose and be yourself. That works.and give baby steps one by one, don't hurry
    We had people that joined us at the beginning and they left, but a great good of people keep working together and being friends. Without this common action we would have never become friends

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