The Big Connect! ...coming soon to a computer near you

Connect

The Big Connect! is about connecting people through ordinary objects and the shared memories they evoke. We believe that our wellbeing and happiness both as individuals and as a society is dependent on our connectedness to others: to our families, to our friends, to our neighbourhoods, to our communities, to the heritage and history of the societies and cultures into which we were born. In a broad sense, The Big Connect! aims to tackle social exclusion and to foster a sense of belonging and of community, within generations, across generations, and across cultures through sharing our memories with others and listening to the stories that others have to tell.

Our way of doing that is to give you a platform on which you can talk about the objects, people, places, moments and events that have been important in your life. Because if they’re important for you, then it’s likely that they’ll have been important for other people as well.

Share

We live in an age of connection, yet often without connectedness. Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and other social media platforms, give us unprecedented opportunities to connect with others around the world. Yet a 140-character cry in the cyber-wilderness does not always allow us to really share with others the things that are important to us, the things we care about, the things and the life stories that make us who we are.

So think of The Big Connect! as a kind of global 'show-and-tell' that allows you to share your objects and memories with others and, in turn, for you to discover the lives of others.

And who knows? maybe you'll make new friends, maybe people you never imagined you would ever be friends with. People from other countries, from other walks of life, yet people whose basic values and concerns and interests are, you find, the same as your own.
"Only connect!" wrote English novelist E.M. Forster (1879-1970) in Howards End (1910). "Only connect the prose and the passion, and both will be exalted, and human love will be seen at its height. Live in fragments no longer. Only connect, and the beast and the monk, robbed of the isolation that is life to either, will die."

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