Alone Together In The Digital Age

Recent years have seen study after study claim that for all the connectedness digital and social media provide we have never lived lonelier. The seemingly banal decision to tweet, text or send an email instead of meeting in person or even calling is about more than broadening our ideas of community; it’s altering the fabric of our social lives. Today, what does it mean to be a part of the community on your street, at work, and at home?

Opening the Spur Toronto 2015 festival, long standing LRC editor and moderator Bronwyn Drainie sits down with Heather Menzies, author of Reclaiming the Commons for the Common Good, Susan Pinker, author of The Village Effect: How Face-to-Face Contact Can Make Us Healtheir and Happier, and Michelle Hamilton-Page, Manager of Engagement and Marketing at Ushahidi to examine how we live, work and play together in a world where we have never felt lonelier.

Spur is a national festival of politics, art and ideas and is a catalyst for change in Canada.

Through nationally relevant and locally nuanced discussions, presentations and performances, the festival seeks to spur its participants to action on issues affecting Canadians. Feisty, multi-partisan, forward-looking, and solution-driven, this national railway of ideas will provide Canada with vital new cultural infrastructure for the 21st century.

Founded in 2013, the festival has already grown from three to five Canadian cities, with plans for further expansion across the country. Produced by the Literary Review of Canada in partnership with Diaspora Dialogues, Spur prides itself on its community partnerships, cultural connections and a focus on accessibility and diversity.

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