ARTICLES

Forbes

FORBES
Kim Samuel: What It Means To Belong
by John Baldoni | October 13, 2022

Belonging is a state of wholeness: the experience of being at home in the social, environmental, organizational, and cultural contexts of one's life. Belonging is a beloved community, rootedness in a place, a feeling of ownership in shared outcomes, and a sense of shared mission.

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MarketWatch

MARKETWATCH
Ageism can lead to social isolation and even early death. ‘We need to begin with the revolutionary idea that we’re all equal and we all belong.’
by Alessandra Malito | September 24, 2022

Ageism is a persistent issue that has yet to go away in society, one author said. Part of the problem comes down to what society values, said Kim Samuel, author of the new book “On Belonging: Finding Connection in an Age of Isolation”.

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STANFORD SOCIAL INNOVATION REVIEW
Nonprofit Leadership Lessons From Dr. Paul Farmer
by Kim Samuel & Dan Palazuelos | September 26, 2022

When the legendary physician and advocate Paul Farmer unexpectedly passed away at the age of 62 in February, he was called a hero, a visionary, and a global health giant. His ideas changed paradigms of public health and human rights, and he demonstrated that it’s possible to deliver world-class medical care to people in the most resource-poor settings imaginable.

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The Globe and Mail

THE GLOBE AND MAIL
Loneliness is feeding authoritarianism. To defend democracy and decency, we must build belonging.
by Kim Samuel | September 17, 2022

Every year since 1973, the international NGO Freedom House has issued a report on the global state of democracy, political liberty and the rule of law. This year’s assessment reads like a high-decibel siren: Around the world, democracy is falling, and authoritarianism is on the rise.

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SPEECHES/PANELS

POLITICS AND PROSE
Kim Samuel — On Belonging: Finding Connection in an Age of Isolation, with Timothy Shriver
September 17, 2022

On Belonging: Finding Connection in an Age of Isolation is an exploration of the crisis of social isolation and of the fundamental human right to belong. It considers belonging across four core dimensions: in our relationships with other people, in our rootedness in nature, in our ability to influence political and economic decision-making, and in our finding of meaning and purpose in our lives, with lessons on how to create communities centered on human connection.

Special Olympics

SPECIAL OLYMPICS GLOBAL WEBINAR
September 27, 2022

Jacqueline Jodl, Ph.D, Senior Vice President of Global Youth and Education at Special Olympics speaks with Kim Samuel.

 

Fishbowl Live

FISHBOWL LIVE
Belonging in the Workplace | September 19, 2022

Join Kim Samuel, Founder of the Samuel Centre for Social Connectedness and Author of "On Belonging: Finding Connection in an Age of Isolation," as she discusses fostering a sense of belonging in the workplace with Caroline Potter Shriver, Executive Director of The Village.

Jane Club

THE JANE CLUB
September 22, 2022

For the past two decades, Kim Samuel has been focused on a vision of human connection and rootedness.

Grace Under Pressure with John Baldoni

GRACE UNDER PRESSURE - LINKEDIN LIVE
with John Baldoni | October 6, 2022

Ranked Top Ten Executive/Leadership Coaches Worldwide, John Baldoni talks with Kim Samuel about her new book.

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2022 Global Symposium
October 22-25, 2022

Hosted by the Samuel Centre for Social Connectedness, the 2022 Global Symposium brought together stakeholders from around the world who are working to build social connectedness. The event featured uniquely intersectional conversations and had a keen focus on practical solutions to building social connectedness and belonging in our communities.

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PODCASTS/RADIO/TV

Synergos - Cultivate the Soul Podcast

SYNERGOS - CULTIVATE THE SOUL PODCAST
Stories of Purpose-Driven Philanthropy | October 11, 2022

Cultivate The Soul explores the intersection of philanthropy, contemplative practices, self-reflection and spirituality. Host Melissa Durda is joined by Kim Samuel in a conversation of personal stories and experiences that brought her to dedicate her life to belonging and social connectedness.

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WFAE

WFAE PUBLIC MEDIA
Charlotte Talks with Mike Collins | October 4, 2022
Mike Collins examines the impact of an increasingly alienated and lonely population, which can have devastating personal consequences and make us collectively susceptible to authoritarianism. We’re already seeing that — and we get some suggestions on finding connection in an age of isolation, from author Kim Samuel.

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breakfast television

BREAKFAST TELEVISION
Ways to create meaningful connections in an age of social isolation
October 5, 2022

Dina and Sid are joined by Kim Samuel, educator and founder of the Samuel Centre for Social Connectedness, to discuss the damage COVID has done to connections and dealing with social isolation.

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REVIEWS

Publishers Weekly

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
June 27, 2022

Samuel, the founder of the Samuel Centre for Social Connectedness, debuts with an innovative program for fostering community. She explores what it means to belong and argues that readers should strive to bring “principles of wholeness and connectedness into the realms of public policy, urban planning, education, healthcare, and community organizing.”

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Quill and Quire

QUILL & QUIRE
2022 Fall Preview: Nonfiction | August 24,2022

Toronto activist and educator Kim Samuel looks at the crisis of social isolation – which is exacerbated by stress, physical disconnection, and environmental degradation – and looks at the work being done by individuals in different fields to cultivate belonging in society.

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The Street

THE STREET
by Robert Mauterstock, CFP | September 13, 2022

Kim Samuel, the author of “On Belonging: Finding Connection in an Age of Isolation” has spent her entire career helping to alleviate social isolation and improve the ability for people to connect with each other. She describes her meeting with Nelson Mandela as the turning point in her life.

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Inc.

INC.
3 Must-Read Books to Help Improve Your Mental Health: Our mental well-being at work is more important than ever.

The global changes brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic have opened the conversation and given rise to a widespread reckoning with mental health challenges like burnout and loneliness. Why are we so unhappy, and what can we do about it? Here are three books by experts that show us the importance of talking about mental health, and how we can reclaim our mental wellbeing in order to lead happy, gratifying lives in the digital world.

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Newswire Cision

CISION
Activist and Educator Kim Samuel Calls for End to Social Isolation; Puts Forward Global 'Right to Belong' in New Book | September 13, 2022

In her new book, On Belonging: Finding Connection in an Age of Isolation, Kim Samuel, Founder and Chief Belonging Officer at the Samuel Centre for Social Connectedness, takes aim at the growing crisis of social isolation and makes the case that belonging is a fundamental human right.

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