Jared Seide to Speak at Global Loneliness Awareness Summit in Washington, D.C.

Beyond Us & Them founder and Executive Director, Jared Seide, will join a panel of speakers as part of The Coalition to End Social Isolation and Loneliness’s Global Loneliness Awareness Summit.

The panel will focus on “Social Connection as a Catalyst for Health and Wellbeing.” Joining Jared for this discussion will be Josh Penny, Director of Social Impact at Hinge, Ann Shocket, CEO of The Li.st and Founder of 10 Minutes to Togetherness and Frederick J. Riley, Executive Director of Weave: The Social Fabric Project at the Aspen Institute.

The panel will delve into the final pillar of U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy’s framework to advance social connection: building a culture of connection with ourselves, leaders, communities, and institutions.

Drawing from the principles of kindness, respect, service, and commitment to one another, panelists will illuminate how these values can be intentionally cultivated and integrated into policy initiatives by political and organizational leaders.

Dr. Murthy has spoken forcefully about the epidemic of social isolation and loneliness plaguing the nation. Research suggests that social disconnection can have as negative an impact on health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. When the timeless practice of council is skillfully executed, it has the ability to mitigate these negative health outcomes, while creating the conditions for more wholesome relationships and the opportunity for compassion to emerge.

Beyond Us & Them’s programming is grounded in the practice of council and the creation of structures of belonging, where participants are encouraged to speak authentically and listen from the heart, offering regard without judgement, as others share their stories. As Executive Director of the organization, Seide has helped create and steward council-based programming for prisons, schools, law enforcement agencies, healthcare settings, the reentry community, and for the general public that are intended to support the emergence of a culture of connection.

A participant, holding a talking piece, shares a story as he sits in council.

Beyond Us & Them promotes mutual respect, wellbeing and care by creating council-based programs and trainings that resource individuals and organizations in self-awareness, self-regulation, effective communication and relational skills to create the conditions for compassion to arise in community.

As stories are shared in council, participants recognize their shared human experience and profound interconnectedness. Council provides an opportunity to build bridges, repair divisions, deepen relationships and create community. The enacting of social connection in the practice of council leads to a deepening of trust and relationality and to reports of an increase in the felt sense of wellbeing and safety. Current biometric research is demonstrating observable and significant shifts in autonomic health, as well.

Jared Seide collects heart rate variability data from a participant in Beyond Us & Them’s POWER Training Program.

If you miss Jared’s panel in DC, you can catch him June 10 on WUSA 9’s “Get Up DC” morning show with Allison Seymour discussing the work of Beyond Us & Them and the critical importance of social connection.

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Beyond Us and Them is the leading solution-focused organization providing dynamic and scalable practices to combat the loneliness epidemic and foster social connection.

It creates programs and delivers training for law enforcement officers, healthcare providers, educators, policymakers, and community-based organizations, among other populations and individuals, to cultivate wellness, relationality, compassion, and resilience.