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This might explain how these in-person gatherings address the one problem identified by the Vancouver Foundation as the biggest social issue in this city of newcomers, transients, and ethnic silos — isolation. When so many people in a city are from somewhere else, when more than half have mother tongues other than English, the craving to connect with local history and personalities gets people out.
“There’s a great interest in thinking more deeply and reflectively, as well as networking and community building,” says Mark Winston. "We feel less isolated when we’re physically in touch.”
Welcome to the new IPO: in-person-only events. There is hope outside the screen.
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