The Need: An approach that focuses on strengthening connections, and investing in people.
As humans, we have the need to be connected in community. It is in connections that we find support, accountability, encouragement, and responsibility. And yet, far too many people find themselves isolated and without meaningful connection points, whether by choice or by circumstance, or unable to acknowledge and tap into the connections that exist. Too often we live and work in silos, failing to recognize the importance of connecting relationally to share information, resources, and stories such that greater understanding can be fostered, and sustainable human development be furthered.
Example: In Canada, it is far too easy for urbanites to be disconnected from their Aboriginal neighbours. Often, we live like two distinct communities with much to learn from one another, yet without acknowledging – and prioritizing – our interconnectedness. An approach that seeks to strengthen these connections, thereby fostering understanding, would undoubtedly lead to the betterment of Canadian individuals and communities.