We are guided by a few basic principles: Be Curious. Have Fun. Love People.
Beyond The Conversation is a Canadian registered grassroots for-impact society established in 2016 to end social isolation in local neighbourhoods and beyond.
Beyond The Conversation is not in the healthcare business, not ESL, not therapy groups or a bureaucracy. We are a shoulder to cry on, a friend to laugh with and a place of warmth and belonging. Of course, our groups will look different in various parts of the world. Nevertheless our commitment to move beyond the conversation, from just words to acts of loving kindness and friendship towards our neighbours, remains our priority.” Bold steps, acts of random kindness, and standing up for others are the trademarks of the Beyond Way.
To see people flourishing through true friendship and community in order to alleviate social isolation and loneliness.
To take bold action in service for those who feel the pain of social isolation and loneliness through innovation, breaking down social barriers, and destigmatizing loneliness and social isolation.
The purpose of Beyond the Conversation is to help everyone flourish by fostering friendships, creating stronger community connections, and instilling each person with a deep sense of belonging within a validating and supportive environment. Our name reflects our intention of moving beyond initial conversation to more meaningful and fulfilling connections.
Once individuals acquire a strong sense of belonging and connection, the transformation in their lives inspires them to give back and further strengthen the community.
Beyond the Conversation utilizes the core values of creativity, innovation, curiosity, authenticity, loving people and having fun in pursuit of its vision. We believe that together we can create a stronger and more meaningful community for all.
In pursuit of authenticity and genuine friendships.
Everyone knows what needs to be done, and we move forward … together in unison—no special side agendas or competing for resources or attention. The mission is what matters, the community that is us and whom we serve matters.
...but what about the rules?
We decided to skip them. It’s more important to recognize people’s humanity than to create an organization full of machines. Of course, we have certain basic rules we have to keep by law, but more importantly, there is no law against loving each other. Instead, we have a few guiding principles: Be Curious. Have Fun. Love People.
That’s it!! If we are doing these things, we are changing the world. A large part of why people are lonely and isolated is because of too many rules and exclusionary systems in our world today. We have to tear down those barriers by acting and thinking differently, not doing more of the same and expecting different results. Of course, this path is messy, unpredictable and thus largely unplanned and loosely structured because it’s fully human.
Check out our media coverage
Here to Help: Building strong community through meaningful conversation
CBC: Living alone during the pandemic? Tips on how to make the best of the holidays (Dec 13, 2020)
Richmond News: Destigmatizing virtual walk takes place (Oct 24, 2020)
BC Brain Wellness Program: Wellness Wednesday: Social Connections and Your Community (March 4, 2020)
CBC News Vancouver: Lonley Together (November 25, 2019)
CBC News: ‘We’re all lonely’: Vancouver event aims to end stigma around loneliness Social Sharing (September 10, 2018)
Vancouver Sun: Walkers gather in bid to help end social isolation in Vancouver (Sep 09, 2018)
Vancouver Courier: Walking event takes steps to thwart social isolation in Vancouver (Aug 29, 2018)
Vancouver Is Awesome: Vancouver group tackles loneliness, language barriers through conversation (February 27, 2018)
Toronto Star: Lack of friends and language barrier can lead to social isolation, but this organization is trying to change that (Feb 27, 2018)
Community is a place where our small efforts can have a lasting impact towards creating positive change.