At a time of the year when friendship, togetherness, and community take a front seat during the holiday season, people are becoming more and more disconnected as human beings. According to a study by Cigna, loneliness has become an American epidemic with “One in four Americans (27 percent) rarely or never feel as though there are people who really understand them.” Brent Robertson of Fathom LLC, a leadership and future design consulting company, is tackling this issue and it has got people listening.
In this episode of the Experience We-Ha Podcast, Jeff and Ryan talk to Brent about this serious problem which is leading more and more people into depression and even suicide, and talk about what people can do to fight loneliness.
In addition, Brent and Fathom LLC host periodic Sip Sessions or open forums for people to exchange ideas and experiences about a myriad of topics that affect our community. To learn more about Sip Sessions, CLICK HERE.
Finally, in connection with Spaces co-working in Blue Back Square, Fathom is hosting a The space to create your future, a discussion of provocative conversation, inspiration, and future possibility, as we explore what kind of space it takes to create your best future on Thursday, November 21st from 5pm – 8pm and is open to the public. Reserve your spot HERE
Podcast Episode Chapters:
0:00 – Intro
2:00 – Introducing Brent
4:36 – The epidemic of loneliness
9:37 – Prevalence in men
11:54 – A business case for friendship
13:15 – Active disengagement at work
15:50 – Friendships matter
26:30 – Correlation between connection and our health
28:00 – The most successful drug to cure loneliness
29:22 – Sip Sessions
42:20 – Brent’s RECENT favorite We-Ha dish
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