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Bob- Couldn't agree more- broad categories of passions would be a good place to begin. And, I'm happy to hear you agree that caregivers (whether family or professional) would most likely need to facilitate the communication. You just never know someone's capabilities with technology (especially when health might be a factor). This article might be food for thought on the unique challenges of bringing those nearing end of life together with others via technology. http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2014/06/not-quite-tinder-for-senior-citizens/372078/
Another component I enjoy about your idea - it brings a number of existing constructs/models together for a new purpose. We already have programs that align those nearing end of life with younger generations (whether through religious or community groups). And, we already have online platforms that bring people together via their shared passion. However, I have not found anything that combines the two initiatives.
With a quick search, Google tells us there are a number forums/platforms/businesses revolving around the idea of connecting people via their passion. besomebody.com, WeGoDo, ONE, and even many dating sites are just a few examples. They can offer easy examples of aspects you would want to include in an this online platform and aspects you would not.
What do you see the initial test group/process looking like?
Robert- I truly appreciate this idea. It incorporates many of the broad themes seen in the Inspiration Phase -
1. Providing a purpose to those nearing end of life 2. Connecting People 3. Knowledge Sharing 4. Promoting Creativity & Self Expression 5. Bringing end of life to the forefront of a younger generation in order to encourage planning
The idea is clear and easy to understand. Very cool.
I wonder- can you expand on how you see it working? Would caregivers have profiles/accounts on the platform in order to facilitate communication between the dying person and potential mentee?
Jim Rosenberg thank you for starting this much needed and important conversation. I'd like to add a fourth to your list - culture.
Yes, you could note that culture is typically a by product of historically religious influences on a particular area/community/country. But, "culture" often includes a number of additional aspects particular to region or location and not necessarily under the umbrella of religion - are you a straight shooter or do you sugar coat difficult topics? Do you perceive raised voices as a "heated discourse" or "an upsetting argument"? These cultural norms (in some ways separate from standard language translations noted above) might offer additional insight to the conversation.
Similar to the post by Anne-Laure Fayard on cultural norms, I think the conversation you have started has important nuggets to synthesize and include in the Ideas Phase. In our increasingly globalized world, these conversations are vital to ensuring inclusion and comfort on difficult topics.
Rhetoric, tone, translation, expression, cultural norms- all key to a productive discourse. Thank you for the post!