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Project Village: Connection & community in social media | Lauren Ross | TEDxCherryCreekWomen

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The pandemic of 2020 was a defining era of our lives. On March 13th, 2020, Lauren Ross had a flicker of an idea: to create a little social media page to have a space of support and connection during the quarantine. And thus, Project Village was born. While people all over the world stayed home, kept their families safe and struggled through adversity, an amazing VILLAGE emerged within this social media space. In three months’ time, the group grew to over 42,000 members, serving as a place of community, resource-sharing, support, humor, and joy during an international crisis from the COVID-19 pandemic. Through the example of Project Village, we can all be inspired to take ownership of how we show up in social media with more shared humanity and kindness. Lauren Ross is a clinical social worker and leader in the field of school mental health. With over 22 years of experience in public education and clinical settings, Lauren is passionate about creating spaces of belonging, support and resilience for youth and families. Lauren currently works at Cherry Creek School District where she serves as a leader of the mental health team. In 2019, she trained under Brené Brown to become a Certified Dare to Lead Facilitator; she has brought this training to the public education and nonprofit sectors to build courageous leadership skills with the amazing humans doing hard and important work. In 2022 she shared the story of Project Village on the stage of TEDxCherryCreek, encouraging all of us to show up in social media space with greater courage, compassion, connection and community. She lives in Denver, Colorado, with her amazing musical husband David, as well as their two children (Jade and Maya) and their schnoodle (Oreo). This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx

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