Talk, Play and Help Others
We want to help people connect and make new friends with our Conversation events and Fun Activity events.
Once connected people can form teams to go out and help in the community as well as smaller groups on common interests like gardening, cooking, guitar playing, etc.
CONNECTION STRUCTURE HELPS PEOPLE
Isolation is bad peoples’ physical health as well as their mental health. People want to connect but it is very hard to do. Walking up to a stranger and saying will you be my friend doesn’t work.
It is like trying to jump from one side of a river to the other. A structure like a bridge will help a person get to where they want to go. Community Connection Activities is creating community activities that are structured to connect people.
Connectors are people who want to connect with other people, help other people connect and help in the community. We will be creating Connector t-shirts, caps and wristbands.
WHO NEEDS CONNECTION
The short answer is everybody. Life is better when you can share it with friends. I talked with a woman who spent 2 years alone after moving to a new town that took out an ad on Craigs List for friends to hang out with.
- Senior Citizens get older, their friends die off and they are more alone.
- Single People need friends and a chance to meet someone to date.
- Army Guys get out and lose the group of people and can feel lost.
- Moms that are new to town need friends for support.
- Losing a job creates isolation and depression.
- Couples need friends too.
- Working from home you don’t meet people and want a way to make friends.
A guy told me about a friend just out of the Army who loved to play guitar who would like to meet people they could jam with. Old army guys sometimes meet for coffee once a week, they could invite the young guys to join them.
A friend told me that his wife had trouble finding friends when they moved to town. An older lady would dress up and go to the Pharmacy each day hoping someone would talk with her and just to get out of the house and around people. Working from home drives people nuts and they join a business suite just to be around people.
People need People.
SIMPLE CONNECTION ACTIVITIES
Chamber of Commerce has a simple meeting every Wednesday morning. People come and talk, there is a sharing time and then they have some time to talk after that. It has been very effective in creating connection with business people.
Our Community Connection Activities are also structured to be very simple and effective at connecting people in the community. A time to talk, a time to share in groups of six, and time to talk or play games afterwards.
Conversation Cards make talking with other people easy. The secret is not in thinking up things to say but asking questions to get the other person talking and then just listening. Our Conversation Cards have 3 easy questions to help start conversations.