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Make Your City Spontaneous: Join the League of Creative Interventionists

We’ve become terrible at talking to each other. You can be crammed on a bus, inches away from someone, and it is socially acceptable, socially preferable, to stare off into space or be zoned in on your smart phone trying to beat the next level of Candy Crush.

We’ve become terrible at talking to each other. You can be crammed on a bus, inches away from someone, and it is socially acceptable, socially preferable, to stare off into space or be zoned in on your smart phone trying to beat the next level of Candy Crush. When we don’t talk to each other, we rely on stereotypes to form our opinions of others. Yes stereotypes are based on truth and can be funny when we don thick-rimmed black glasses and suspenders to portray a nerd for Halloween. But, they become dangerous when we use them to profile whole groups of people because of the way they look or the clothes they wear. They lead to fear and hate. We need to stop this cycle. We need to talk to each other. To hear each other’s stories. We need an intervention.

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In the age of social media, it often feels like we’ve lost touch with how to connect with strangers and friends beyond the interface of a news feed or a mobile app. Despite thousands of Facebook friends and Twitter followers, research shows we are lonelier and more depressed than ever before, with one in ten Americans over the age of 12 now taking antidepressants.

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