How can we embed human connection 
in systems
and services?

In November 2019, 21 peers set out on the Deepr Learning Marathon to find answers to this question. 

It was a starting point. An invitation to explore human connection alongside each other and together. And what better way to explore human connection than by connecting with a group of humans?

Dive into our learnings here, and read more about the Deepr Learning Marathon at the bottom of this page.

A LIbrary OF CONVERSATIONS

Designing for human connection in peer groups.

Matt, Zahra and Ellie ponder capacity, separation, hosting, structure and discomfort

Humans, machines and our systems

Sesh and Matt contemplate the relationship between humans and machines 

Permission for human connection with strangers

Emily, Sophie and Ellie reflect on connecting with strangers during COVID-19

Warm systems components

Matt ponders how flexibility can be created by more human connection in services and systems

Finding permission for human connection with strangers

with Emily Stewart, Sophie Howe & Ellie Osborne

Is designing for human connection the same as designing for learning?

After posing this question, Zahra, Ellie and Matt meander and reflect upon relationships, conditions and space needed for learning and human connection in different contexts, and the pros and cons of  that well know facilitation tool - the 'check-in'.

Designing for human connection in peer groups.

Matt, Zahra and Ellie ponder capacity, separation, hosting, structure and discomfort

Growing human connection

Ellie likens growing human connection to
growing a jungle

Much of our learning over this year has been done through connective and generative conversation; building on theories, joining the dots of our thoughts, findings, research, experiences, ideas etc. 

 

We set out to capture some of this by recording an array of discussions where we put words to our learnings, findings, and insights. 

 

We’ve split the recordings up into digestible morsels. This Library is home to a selection of them, and you can explore and listen to more snippets in our interactive web of connections below.

 

Find a comfy spot, take a warm drink (did you know that research has found that people with a physical warm stimulus experience greater feelings of warmth, trust and social connection with others!?) and dive in. 

A web of connection

This interactive web shows how our inquiries into human connection interweave. 

Here are some ways you can explore our web of connection: 

  • Hover your mouse over a larger ‘Participant’ circle to see which elements and themes they are exploring

  • Hover your mouse over a smaller circle to see Participants are exploring it

  • Select a Participant circle to read their bio and listen to any audio conversation clips 

  • Select other elements to discover any audio that we’ve recorded (we’ve not captured audio about every element on this map)

  • Use the buttons at the top to change the view of the web and limit the types of elements you are viewing  (Tip: keep the ‘Participant’ button selected to see the connections) 

  • Zoom in and out using the toggles in the top right corner

  • The ‘Legend’ in the bottom left is a key to the different elements

Who we are

A collective of people ****

 

Each of us held a personal Learning Question relating to human connection. You can read more about each of our inquiries below.

The Deepr Learning Marathon has been a partnership between Enrol Yourself, Deepr and the Hawkwood Centre for Future Thinking

In November 2019, 21 peers set out on a Learning Marathon to explore this question in partnership with Deepr, Enrol Yourself, and the Hawkwood Centre for Future Thinking.

 

This question was a starting point. An invitation to explore human connection alongside each other and together. And what better way to explore human connection than by connecting with a group of humans?

 

It became a theme that was more timely than we could ever have imagined. As COVID-19 swept across the world, we found ourselves adapting to lockdowns and navigating a transformation, to find an entirely different perspective on the need for human connection in its stark absence.

 

This website is a distillation of a year long inquiry, capturing some of the richness that has come from our individual and collective learnings along the way. 

 

We gathered around this theme, and a collective knowing that collaboration and connection are at the heart  of being able to meet the challenges that society and the planet face up ahead.  For most of us, our learnings around human connection have been a drop in a vast ocean, and we hope the ripples can be felt through our interactions, our relationships and our work. 

 

If one of those useful, interesting, heartwarming ripples reaches you while you are here - an idea, inspiration, provocation, new perspective - we’d love to hear how it has resonated with you.

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