Loneliness is the Global Epidemic of Our Times | Tania de Jong

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Tania de Jong is Australia's leading celebrity and keynote speaker. She is a lady of creativity. She has created many new businesses. Her thinking capability is beyond imagination. She is a writer too, she has written many blogs to spread information to the world. Loneliness is the global epidemic of our times is her one of the many blog posts. Visit her site to know more about her https://www.taniadejong.com

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www.taniadejong.com Loneliness Is The Global Epidemic Of Our Times All the lonely people where do they all come from All the lonely people where do they all belong The life and death of Eleanor Rigby in the bleak Beatles song reminds us that loneliness kills. Recent studies conclude loneliness and social isolation are the next big public health issue on par with obesity domestic violence and substance abuse. At some stage of our lives loneliness affects almost all of us. For many it is a core factor in mental and physical health problems and economic disadvantage. A 2012 study showed that in 2001-09 almost one in three Australians experienced loneliness. The study concluded loneliness is an increasing trend and emerging factors from social media use to single person dwellings feed this trend. Overseas research concluded in 2010 that lacking social connections is as damaging to our health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day and that loneliness is potentially twice as bad for older people’s health as obesity and almost as great a cause of death as poverty.

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www.taniadejong.com On top of this UK studies have found loneliness to be an even greater concern among young people than the elderly. As well as being health and life threatening for individuals loneliness particularly harms our communities when people feel they have little importance or value in other people’s lives. Having an ageing population when many older people outlive their partners loved ones and friends we should aim to reduce social isolation before it is too late. Whether we like it or not we are all part of the global epidemic of our times -– loneliness. We are social animals. However social media and technology have made it easier to avoid forming substantive real-life relationships. As a community we are more impatient stressed anxious and depressed as we race from one thing to the next. Some people can live out their lives not stirring from their bedroom if they have a laptop computer and a mobile phone. As a community we are more impatient stressed anxious and depressed as we race from one thing to the next. This lifestyle disproportionately confronts people from cultural minority groups and those facing disadvantage including asylum seekers migrants people with disabilities and serious illnesses those facing discrimination racism unemployment and isolation. It has created a significant divide that we need to bridge. It is no wonder people are struggling to fit in and the problem’s not going away. Exponential technological acceleration and globalisation is unleashing a wave of economic and social change on an unprecedented scale. Australian and international research suggests between 40 and 60 percent of current middle- class jobs won’t exist in 10 years’ time due to robotics artificial intelligence and other new technologies. That’s a lot of people potentially disconnected from society and vulnerable to loneliness and isolation. While many people will gain from such transformational change there is a real risk that more people in our society will become even more socially isolated because their jobs become redundant or they can’t keep up with the pace of change. This is a key reason why Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s innovation mantra has so far failed to engage us. There is an all too pervasive sense it is becoming harder to find your place in the world or get ahead. Compounding this despite various attempts by governments and community organisations the dominant Australian and global social welfare and engagement groups group and supports people from similar backgrounds or disadvantage.

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www.taniadejong.com Although this provides for focused attention and is comfortable for participants it also puts individuals in silos reinforces segregation entrenches labels creates a dependency mentality and ultimately traps individuals within their existing network. Once so trapped it’s hard to break out. This top-down social welfare approach has been unsuccessful to date. Given the continued increase of disadvantage Australia’s welfare is currently reported at being more than 150 billion per annum up from 119 billion last year and more than one in four families received a government handout we need to find a better model for supporting and in fact ending disadvantage and isolation especially in our advanced country. Emerging evidence and research shows that complex social issues can only be tackled successfully at a local level with whole-of-community involvement. And prevention and early intervention are the key. If we want to create cohesive and inclusive communities where every voice matters then we all need to share in finding the sustainable solutions to our social challenges. Together we need to find some ‘uber-innovative’ approaches and policy initiatives to redesign our social welfare ecosystem and start solving these social problems now. All of us need to be part of building tolerant harmonious inclusive resilient and supportive neighbourhoods and communities that bring people together through their common interests not differences. Whatever happened to being nice to each other and all of us keeping an eye out for our neighbours Loneliness is far more than a social misfortune. It is a significant problem that leads to a vast amount of human suffering and unfulfilled human potential. We are all part of the solution. We don’t want to become a nation of Eleanor Rigbys. We should look to the positive message of another Beatles song: we all can benefit from ‘A Little Help From My Friends’. Tania de Jong AM is a leading Australian soprano inspirational speaker social entrepreneur spiritual journey woman and creative innovation catalyst. She founded Creative Creativity Australia Music Theatre Australia Pot-Pourri and The Song Room and works with diverse communities through the ‘With One Voice’ choir social inclusion programs. Tania sings around the world as a soloist and with her group Pot-Pourri releasing 7 CDs. She is Founder and Executive Producer of Creative Innovation Global. Tania’s TED Talk How Singing Together Changes The Brain has sparked international interest. Tania has just released her solo CD Heaven on Earth.

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www.taniadejong.com Tania helps organizations build capabilities in creative thinking and leadership develop a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship understand and manage disruption foster diversity and community and unleash potential of individuals and teams. Tania speaks and performs around the world and presents leadership and innovation workshops inspiring diverse audiences of 10 to 10000 people ranging from corporate executive teams boards and entire organizations to universities hospitals schools business and entrepreneurship forums and at major national and international conferences and public events. For more detailed information on Tania’s presentation topics or to book her for your next conference or special event please contact us. Information Presented by :- Tania De Jong AM Level 1 10 Dorcas Street South Melbourne Victoria 3205 AUSTRALIA +61 03 8679 6000 Email: infocreativeuniverse.com.au Web: www.creativeuniverse.com.au

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