Becoming Visible 2011

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Check out this colourful collection of thoughts and insights for the new year. Compiled by Tyze Strategic Advisor and PLAN Co-Founder Al Etmanski, this series of response pieces by 58 individual authors addresses the challenging question: “What would you like to become more visible in 2011?” View the complete document here.

Tyze advisor and network member authors “The Four Walls of My Freedom” to international acclaim.

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    Donna Thomson, wife of the Canadian high commissioner to Britain and disability-rights pot-stirrer, leads the way up a grand staircase at her official London residence and leaves one life for another. Below, in the tasteful maple-syrup decor of the reception rooms, she and her husband, James Wright, entertain world leaders, business tycoons and,… Read more »

Supporting Informal Caregivers – The Heart of Home Care

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A recent report by the Canadian Institute for Health Information called: “Supporting Informal Caregivers – The Heart of Home Care” noted that that there over 2 million informal caregivers in Canada. Though unpaid, these caregivers generated a 25 billion dollar economic contribution according to modest estimates. With such a vast amount of informally provided support… Read more »

Social Ties Boost Survival By 50 Percent

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A long lunch out with co-workers or a late-night conversation with a family member might seem like a distraction from other healthy habits, such as going to the gym or getting a good night’s sleep. But more than 100 years’ worth of research shows that having a healthy social life is incredibly important to staying… Read more »

Net Gains: A Handbook for Network Builders Seeking Social Change

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Net Gains: A Handbook for Network Builders Seeking Social Change By Peter Plastrik and Madeleine Taylor Version 1.0 (2006) We think you will enjoy this guidebook on priming social networks. It can help you understand the intricate dynamics of networks and how to maintain a healthy network from its early beginnings to well into the… Read more »

Web & cellphone users are not isolated from reality. New report from Pew Internet explores social isolation and technology.

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  A new report from Pew Internet adds new insights to an ongoing debate about the extent of social isolation in America. A widely-reported 2006 study argued that since 1985 Americans have become more socially isolated, the size of their discussion networks has declined, and the diversity of those people with whom they discuss important… Read more »

Report on social isolation and new technology

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  In a new research report titled: “How the Internet and Mobile Phones Impact American’s Social Networks”, the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project has published findings that characterize online and in person social discussion groups. Their statistics make the differentiation between relationships that are geographically dispersed with weak social ties and core… Read more »

Facilitating Communication with Tyze

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  A person who is vulnerable, isolated, ill, or experiencing one of life’s challenges can benefit both physically and emotionally from the support of a strong network. All involved – the individual, friends, family, caregivers and supporting organizations – have the same goal: for the person to live in an optimal situation, make authentic choices,… Read more »

Win – Win: A New Consensus on Care And Support, a report from a roundtable held 9th July, 2009

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This pre-Green Paper roundtable drew together voices from carers’, disability rights and service user movements in order to explore and subsequently publicise shared positions on some of the key questions about care and support currently faced by families, including the significance of the independent living agenda. Policy recommendations and a list of those endorsing them… Read more »

What Are Friends For? A Longer Life

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In the quest for better health, many people turn to doctors, self-help books or herbal supplements . But they overlook a powerful weapon that could help them fight illness and depression, speed recovery, slow aging and prolong life: their friends. Researchers are only now starting to pay attention to the importance of friendship and social… Read more »