Campfire Fellows demonstrated an acute awareness of the prevalence and impact of social isolation and loneliness in our country today. This growing phenomenon factors into their thinking about how to elevate dialogue and deepen civic engagement. They recognize that reducing isolation and loneliness might be a key component of maintaining a strong democracy - even if it isn’t the first thing to come to mind when we assess the national equation and our increasingly polarized discourse.
This is a timely topic.
New research - Generation Z is stressed, depressed and exam-obsessed - shows that Gen Z is extremely affected by the loneliness we discussed. Courtesy of The Economist, here is a chart:
The Economist has written about this before: Teenagers are better behaved and less hedonistic nowadays: But they are also lonelier and more isolated.
Additional research - out of the University of Minnesota School of Public Health - looks at the issue as a public health crisis: Rates of Social Isolation Vary by Rurality and Demographics. “Social isolation needs to be examined across a range of subjective and objective traits and experiences. No one measure can capture the full extent of social participation or isolation,” writes Assistant Professor and deputy director of the School of Public Health’s Rural Health Research Center Carrie Henning-Smith.
How do we address the growing tide of loneliness and isolation plaguing our nation? Especially since we’re now at risk of passing it from generation to generation? How can CtK’s mission continue to bring people together and build ties that bind?
We want to know what you think.
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CtK.Campfire Testimonials keep rolling in from our Campfire Fellows!
We’ll be back next week with our weekly alumni updates! In the meantime, congrats to Jose Antonio Vargas who became a Broadway Producer this week! Have a great weekend.
Campfire Fellows, Cohort V! We spent an extraordinary weekend in the snowy Maryland woods with the newest Campfire Fellows. Thanks to the latest Fellows for taking the leap and for summing up so beautifully what Campfire is and means.
Campfire Alums and their expanding families: Nu Wexler had a baby! Sara El-Amine had a baby! Congratulations to both of them and their families, and welcome to the newest members of the Karass!
Campfire Alum Bishop Garrison got a new gig! Bishop was named the the Director of National Security Outreach for Human Rights First. As the Director of National Security Outreach, Bishop Garrison is Human Rights First’s chief ambassador to the national security community. He leads Human Rights First’s efforts to build partnerships with members of the military and national security communities as well as national security-focused think tanks and research institutions. He also leads the project, Veterans for American Ideals, a nonpartisan movement of military veterans who advocate American leadership on human rights. Congratulations to Bishop and Human Rights First!
Great writing about the future of work from Campfire Alum Sara Holoubek on Upskilling & Reskilling America. “The speed at which jobs are changing — sometimes due to automation, sometimes due to new business models — means that we must constantly learn new skills. A number of converging factors are making it difficult for linear education models and traditional career paths to satisfy the rapidly evolving demands of modern workplaces.”
Campfire Alum Emily Holden, writing in The Guardian, tackles health issues related to climate change in her latest reporting: Mosquito-spread diseases may endanger millions in new places due to climate change. “Half a billion more people could be at risk from mosquito-transmitted diseases within 30 years as a result of the warming climate, according to a new study … The study, published in the journal PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, finds that humans could prevent the spread of disease-carrying mosquitoes if they aggressively take actions to combat global warming.”
On a totally unrelated note, influential French artist Agnes Varda has died at age 90. She blazed trails and took no prisoners. "Women are not a minority in the world, and yet our industry says the opposite. The stairs of our industry must be accessible to all. Let's climb," she said. If you haven’t watched Faces/Places, the documentary where she and the artist JR drive all over France making art and friends, do yourself a favor and watch it this weekend. Or today. Or stop reading and go watch it right now.
Have a great weekend!
The latest Campfire Fellows created quite a reading list before leaving Savage River Lodge. We’re pleased to share their list:
What You are Getting Wrong About Appalachia by Elizabeth Catte
The American Way of Poverty: How the Other Half Still Lives by Sasha Abramsky
How The Other Half Lives: Studies Among the Tenements of New York by Jacob A. Riis
The People of the Abyss by Jack London
Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right by Arlie Russell Hochschild
Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty by Abhijit Banarjee and Esther Duflo
Teeth: The Story of Beauty, Inequality, and the Struggle for Oral Health in America by Mary Otto
Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America by Beth Macy
Love Your Enemies: How Decent People can Save America from the Culture of Contempt by Arthur C. Brooks
The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt and the Golden Age of Journalism by Doris Kearns Goodwin
Leadership in Turbulent Times by Doris Kearns Goodwin
Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari
Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness by Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein
Stasiland: Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall by Anna Funder
Alienated America: Why Some Places Thrive While Others Collapse by Timothy P. Carney
The Fabric of Character: A Wise Giver’s Guide to Supporting Social and Moral Renewal by Anne Snyder
Community: The Structure of Belonging by Peter Block
Seven Types of Atheism by John Gray
The Happiness Advantage: How a Positive Brain Fuels Success in Work and Life by Shawn Achor
Great Revolt: Inside the Populist Coalition Reshaping American Politics by Salena Zito and Brad Todd
Robert D. Putnam
Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis
Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community
American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us
Better Together: Restoring the American Community
The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas are Setting up a Generation for Failure
The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom
The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion