Tapping Into the Previous Value of Human Connectedness with Rob Lawless and Aliza Kline

Original Air Date Wednesday, May 6, 2020 

Our individual stories run the gamut of human emotions. On one hand, loneliness and depression are raging through the millennial generation and on the other hand, people are discovering new virtual ways to connect during isolation. While statistics of our disconnectedness may be staggering, the solution is simple. The more we take the time to celebrate our milestones with rituals, the more we are grateful for what we have through breaking bread with one another, and the more we lend an ear to someone who yearns to tell their story, the more satisfied we are in our human experience. To find out more about the inventive ways people are igniting a spark of connection from the human energy grid, Positive Psychology Podcast Host, Lisa Cypers Kamen speaks with Rob Lawless and Aliza Kline. Rob Lawless created the 10K Friends project to feed his desire for connectedness and because he is curious about other people. And Aliza Kline utilized design thinking to build a community-wellness site to invite connection by celebrating Shabbat with others around a dinner table.

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Rob Lawless — The Gift of Connection:
  • Rob describes how being stuck in an office led him to create his 10K Friends project and how the pandemic is affecting the project. [2:15]
  • The importance of connection for mental health. [10:57]
  • Rob shares some of his favorite stories. [17:02]
  • Giving people the gift of the time and space to tell their stories. [22:05]

Rob Lawless is a man on a mission to spend 1 hour, 1:1, with 10,000 different people to learn about their lives and see what comes of opening doors for no particular reason. Since starting his project in November of 2015, he’s met over 3,200 people in over 20+ cities across the U.S. and Canada and has been covered by several different press sources, including the Kelly Clarkson Show, NowThis, Ryan Seacrest and the NY Post.






Aliza Kline — Celebrating Sacred Ancient Rituals:
    • Why it is important to have rituals to mark important events in our lives. [28:27]
    • Aliza explains design thinking and how it led to the creation of the One Table solution. [30:53]
    • The three core operating values of One Table are joy, hospitality, and otherness in an ancient communal wellness practice. [41:53]
    • How do we build resilience to move past these times of sparse connection and abundant loneliness? [47:41]

Aliza Kline is a dynamic leader and social entrepreneur. Aliza was also the founding executive director of Mayyim Hayyim Community Mikveh and Education Center in Boston, an international model for re-imagining Jewish ritual open to the full diversity of the Jewish community. In 2009, Aliza was awarded an Avi Chai Fellowship. A trained coach and design thinking facilitator, Aliza has worked with clients throughout North America and Israel. She earned her BA from Washington University in St. Louis and her MPA from New York University. She lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband Bradley Solmsen and their daughters Ela, Gila, and Nomi.


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“The natural tendency in times of crisis is to want to go home to family.” @LisaKamen on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“The pandemic is an agnostic issue. It doesn't know color, socio-economic background, or religion. It doesn't care.” @LisaKamen on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“When we feel seen, heard, and understood by someone else it is a gift. And when we receive that gift it feels amazing.” @LisaKamen on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“The power of One Table is that we get to have a taste of the sweetness of humanity.” @LisaKamen on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“When you meet people virtually you miss out on their body language and their vibe.” @Robs10KFriends on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“I think right now people are more similar than ever in what they are doing and how they are spending their time.” @Robs10KFriends on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“I think everyone needs someone to relate to and you get a lot of relatability through connecting with the people around you.” @Robs10KFriends on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“My favorite stories are the ones that give me a different perspective on life.” @Robs10KFriends on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“When there has been a significant change in your life and you are hungry for a ritual to mark it. That's what the ritual bath was created for.” @onetableshabbat on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“Life passes by so quickly and if we don't slow ourselves down with a ritual to make the moment sacred, purposeful, and mindful then it just goes by.” @onetableshabbat on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“Loneliness is an epidemic and is disproportionately affecting millennials.” @onetableshabbat on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“The rate of people who were completely disassociating from any kind of religious community is at its highest point in history.” @onetableshabbat on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“57% of Americans eat alone most of the time.” @onetableshabbat on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“If you share a meal you can forge deeper relationships with others.” @onetableshabbat on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“Our job is to give honor and permission for people to take the ritual of Shabbat and make it their own.” @onetableshabbat on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“Every religion has a day of rest built into it. A moment when we can pause to be grateful for the blessings in our lives.” @onetableshabbat on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“The Sabbath is like a vacation. It's an escape from our daily life.” @onetableshabbat on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“It is a whole lot easier to avoid interaction than to interact.” @onetableshabbat on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet





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