Connection Resources

Ideas to Get Connected

The GenWell Project is a Global Human Connection Movement that aspires to build a more connected world for the benefit of all. From health and wellness, to greater empathy and compassion for one another, to improved business results and stronger communities, we all benefit from greater human connection. 

In this section, we wanted to provide you a list of ideas that people could activate against on the next GenWell Weekend or at anytime, to start building healthier connections. Of course, there are too many ideas to list here, but for some we hope that this list provides the activity that is right for you. 

Students

On GenWell Weekends and throughout the school year The GenWell Project wants to be the catalyst that inspires students to reach out to one another and get connected. Getting an education is no easy feat and having friends and classmates to support you along the way can make a world of a difference! Maybe the next GenWell Weekend is the perfect excuse to invite the classmates that you have been meaning to see, to one of the activities that we have suggested below! Even better, get started today in building healthier connection habits and use GenWell Weekend to bring new friends and classmates together!

  • Work with a on campus club to host a gathering around their specific passion.

  • Get together with your classmates to watch the big game!
  • Gather with friends and catch a movie.
  • Picnic in a park with your whole class.
  • Visit a local restaurant with your classmates.
  • Make plans to volunteer for a local charity on campus or off.
  • Make the effort to sit beside someone you have never met in class this week.
  • Start a study chat / Facebook group for your class
  • A great chat at a local coffee shop with friends
  • Host a GenWell Project in one of the campus bars

Families With Kids

GenWell Projects are as much for kids and maybe even more important, especially after the global pandemic. Modelling good behaviors for kids today and explaining why face-to-face social connections are so important, is an important part of being a parent. Have the kids power down and power up the fun with family, friends, neighbours or their classmates. Getting kids active is a great way to get them to put the technology down and create their own human highlight reel, instead of watching others on social media.
  • Ball hockey

  • Basketball games

  • Baseball game

  • Soccer game
  • Football game
  • Go-karting races on your street (if legal) or in a parking lot (please be careful)
  • Board games
  • Arts and crafts
  • Grow a garden
  • Head to a playground
  • Baking
  • Go for a nature walk
  • Pick local fruit
  • Did someone say sprinkler?

Business

The workplace is about to undergo massive disruption on the other side of the global pandemic. It is more critical right now that businesses find ways to keep their employees connected, to support the work of the business, but also to support the health and well-being of the employees. A reactionary approach to employee well-being is a thing of the past, and the need and opportunity is to proactively connect your employees so they can build the resilience that will support them through work challenges and challenges outside of work.

Here are a few ideas on how you can start building more connected workplaces starting today, but if you are interested in knowing more, reach out to us at The GenWell Project, and we would be happy to work with you to build healthier connection habits for you and everyone in your workplace.

  • CEO Coffee Chats
  • Random lunch dates
  • Gratitude circles
  • Pizza lunch
  • BBQ Lunch
  • Reunion Event
  • End of day eats and treats
  • Sporting activity
  • Pub night
  • Mini Fun Olympics
  • Board Game Competition
  • Karaoke/Live Karaoke
  • Trivia nights
  • Activities to improve mental health
  • Activities to improve physical health
  • And many, many more.

Living in a Condo or Apartment Building

With increasing density being a growing issue for cities around the world, hosting your own GenWell Project in condos and apartment buildings can be a great way to build new connections with neighbours and new friends. Remember, you don’t need to tackle the whole building at once. Start with your neighbour or maybe those on your floor. The rest is gravy! Now you can wake up looking forward to the walk to the elevator each morning! Here are some ideas to get you started.
  • Coffee with a neighbour
  • Hallway dinner
  • Party room lunch or dinner
  • Card night/board game
  • Dinner course tour from apartment to apartment
  • Rooftop soiree at night
  • Lobby social
  • Morning walk or hike
  • Wine and cheese
  • Owner/tenant speaker series
  • Potluck
  • Dog walk group
  • Coffee chat hour

Adults

Whether it is family, friends or neighbours, power up your community by hosting your own GenWell Project. Make a few calls, send an email or knock on a few doors – whatever it takes to get people connecting face-to-face. We thought we would share a few suggestions just to get your mind started on what you can do to host your own GenWell Project. Don’t forget, size doesn’t matter and this should be fun! Start small and let the energy of those who join you inspire bigger events in the future! Don’t forget to use some of the tools we have to help you make the initial outreach – here.
  • Coffee with a neighbour
  • Backyard BBQ
  • Front yard BBQ
  • Catch the game
  • Wine and Cheese
  • Corn Roast
  • Street party
  • Street potluck
  • Front porch chat
  • Picnic in the park

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