The World Health Organization shared the update that they’re commissioning people to work on the loneliness problem since it’s now a ‘public health threat.’ In a press release, WHO said:

‘WHO has announced a new Commission on Social Connection, to address loneliness as a pressing health threat, promote social connection as a priority and accelerate the scaling up of solutions in countries of all incomes.

‘Co-chaired by U.S. Surgeon General, Dr Vivek Murthy, and African Union Youth Envoy, Chido Mpemba, the Commission consists of 11 leading policy-makers, thought leaders and advocates. Running for three years, it will analyse the central role social connection plays in improving health for people of all ages and outline solutions to build social connections at scale. The Commission will consider how connection enhances the well-being of our communities and societies and helps foster economic progress, social development, and innovation.

‘Social isolation – having an insufficient number of social connections, and loneliness – and the social pain of not feeling connected, are widespread. Contrary to the perception that isolation and loneliness primarily affect older people in high-income countries, they impact the health and well-being of all age groups across the world. One in four older people experience social isolation and the rates are broadly similar in all regions. Among adolescents, between 5­­–15% experience loneliness, according to research findings. However, these figures are likely to be underestimations.

“High rates of social isolation and loneliness around the world have serious consequences for health and well-being. People without enough strong social connections are at higher risk of stroke, anxiety, dementia, depression, suicide and more,” said WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. “This WHO Commission will help establish social connection as a global health priority and share the most promising interventions.”’


Closing party of Atelier S P A C E | Ho Chi Minh City, 2021

Can zines do the job as an intervention?

I think so.

I made this to share why:

The presentation is here >

‘New and novel’

Zines aren’t new, but usually, I’ve discovered people make them for their own personal self-expression and then take them to places and tell everyone, ‘This is me.’ That’s what I see the most: perzines. Or, ‘personal zines.’ Mine are more co-creations. S P A C E quests new and different others and then we talk and then we talk together and sometimes I include others from the previous conversations and we get going into something new and novel. 

Wikipedia says that according to Herrero de Egaña B., social innovation is defined as “new or novel ways that society has to deal with Relevant Social Challenges (RSCh), that are more effective, efficient and sustainable or that generate greater impact than the previous ones and that contribute to making it stronger and more articulated.”

Greater impact.

Let’s try zines.

I love zines.

Make them with us?

Here’s a link to learn more.

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Studio day, 2023