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Webinar: Setting more places at the table


​What is social isolation? How do loneliness, social exclusion, and disconnection from community affect people at different stages in their lives? What forces are pushing people into more insular lives?  And what is being done to connect people back to one another, to healthy food and safe spaces? 

More than ever before, Canadians are living alone, and nearly one quarter describe themselves as lonely. Socially isolated adults face worse health as they age, and are less likely to participate in society. For populations facing marginalization and stigma, the sense of isolation and inability to access resources can be even greater.

In this webinar, André Picard, The Globe and Mail’s public health reporter, and Laura Anderson, Wellesley Institute researcher help us explore how to fight social isolation and restore a sense of connectedness to communities — from grassroots interventions, like those community food security organizations are building on the ground, to broader policy solutions. Our Chief Programs Officer, Kathryn Scharf, moderated the conversation.


  1. What is social isolation? Why is it growing?

  2. How does social isolation affect people's health?

  3. What happens when things go right? Global grassroots solutions to social isolation​

  4. How can urban planning and our built environment influence social connection?​

  5. Does social media connect us or isolate us?​

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