Let’s face it, living in a big city is amazing for so many reasons. We have more resources at our fingertips than most. We have a massively, wonderfully diverse population. I could go on and on.
However, one major downfall is that living in a large urban center can actually be pretty lonely. I can’t entirely explain why, but the higher the population the more difficult it can be to make new friends and forge new connections. I’ve lived in 5 different cities of various sizes over the past six years and I feel this to be true.
The City of Edmonton has launched a very cool Campaign designed to help residents connect with new people.
This idea reminds me of the buddy benches we have seen crop up across the globe at elementary schools. It’s such a great idea, there is no reason adults can’t join in on the fun!
Edmonton’s very own buddy benches were unveiled yesterday! The pilot campaign is called, “Hello, how are you?” and is the brain child of a young fella named Tommy Kuntz, who came up with the idea as a way to make his newly retired grandma, Diana Kuntz, feel less lonely.
Video cred: City Of Edmonton / YOUTUBE
15 of these benches will be popping up across the city in highly populated areas. So if you could use a new friend, take a seat and wait for your chance to strike up a conversation.
Love this idea so much! More info here.