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Catalyst Session - Dancing Alone: Combating Loneliness in the Digital Age

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Gary Community Investments

1705 17th Street

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Denver, CO 80202

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A 2-hour interactive, facilitated session where attendees focus on a specified topic. Happening as part of the Futurebound Summit.

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What is the Futurebound Summit?

Futurebound is a movement of entrepreneurs, investors, nonprofits and other public- and private-sector leaders coming together to fuel innovation in child development. Our next generation is depending on us—and we can’t afford to wait. The Futurebound Summit is a time to catalyze the Colorado ecosystem focused on young children by bringing everyone together.

Futurebound is partnering with Uncharted to host a four-day summit in Denver that will bring together ventures, investors, leading experts, policymakers and more for a series of events and workshops that will supercharge innovation to change the future of child development.

Catalyst Session: "Dancing Alone: The Early Childhood Roots and Remedies to Combating Adult Loneliness in the Digital Age

We are in the midst of a worldwide crisis of loneliness and social isolation. Loneliness represents a greater health risk than obesity and is as destructive to your health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. What are the early childhood roots of loneliness and social isolation and what can we do as child development advocates to heal it?

In our session, you will learn about the prenatal, perinatal and postnatal sources of adult loneliness and why supporting parents and caregivers to engage in acts of face-to-face joy, laughter and play with their babies - especially during the first 1000 days - is critical for the healthy social development of babies and the family as a whole.

By the end, participants will:

1) understand that what a baby experiences during her first 1000 days has lifelong impact on her development as a child and and as an adult

2) be more sensitive to overarching influence of the social and emotional wellbeing of the greater family ecosystem in Early Childhood Development

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Each session will be a combination of discussion and facilitated activities with attendees.

Presenters

Meeshi Anjali has been a full-time Dance Teacher and Intergenerational Dance Activist for the past 25 years. As an Intergenerational Dance Activist, he takes pleasure in creating more space for joy, laughter and play in the lives of seniors, parents and babies through communal rhythm, song and dance. Meeshi has trained in and taught movement styles to dancers of all ages including Afro-Cuban dance, Afro-Brazilian dance, Hatha Yoga, Creative Movement, Lindy Hop Swing, and most recently Soul Line Dancing. Meeshi is the co-founder of GroovaRoo Dance (America's viral babywearing dance group), and International Family Dance Day which encourages the normalization of family dancing worldwide. He is currently working on his Prenatal & Perinatal Educator Certification through APPPAH, the Association of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health.

Casey Hunt is a scientist and freelance designer by trade, but she first and foremost considers herself a listener and a learner. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from the University of Utah and has worked with several non-profit organizations to strengthen their impact through research and design. Having both utilized and managed community resources for at-risk populations, Casey believes strongly in the power of evidence-based education, in combination with compassion and empathy, to empower marginalized individuals—granting them the dignity they deserve. She is currently located in Denver, CO and spends her spare time hiking with her dog, Boots, and starting—but never finishing—the New York Times crossword puzzle.

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