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The Granny Cloud

This is a group of grandmothers all over the UK who log on once a week to Skype with youngsters in India, and take on that appraising role that all grannies do so well, to tell stories and to stimulate fresh ideas.

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Typically, we talk about the Granny Cloud project from a different angle- the angle of education. Watch this very inspirational talk by Sugata Mitra on TED.
Here I want to bring a different perspective- the impact this project can have on lonely grandmothers. Do you think they will see a purpose to wake up in the morning and read stories to a bunch of kids? I bet, they will.
And I bet you they will love doing this as having a purpose and having your mind engaged is a true cure for loneliness.


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What I saw in the same video was the value of connecting the aging to others through technology, and then making use of the vast experience (and wisdom) that older folks often have. I think your Granny Cloud is an interesting solution to both reducing loneliness and addressing other problems (i.e. education).

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