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SXSW 2019

Coming Back from a World Without Human Touch

The World Health Organization has declared loneliness a public health epidemic. Silicon Valley culture includes 90-hour work weeks; it's easy to feel isolated, and hard to maintain relationships. Loneliness contributes to depression, anxiety, physical health issues, anger, and social isolation. In the era of #metoo, we have made human touch suspect and off limits. Could it be the thing we’re missing? Do we know how to access it? We consider the application of touch for mental, emotional, and physical wellness, and examine how we could transform our society with a population of relaxed, satisfied individuals. Join us as we envision a world where nurturing human touch is understood, wanted, welcomed, and available for all.

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  1. Our current culture makes it difficult to get touch. We don't understand the spectrum of touch, and most of us don't know we are touch-deprived.
  2. Lack of touch contributes to many physical, mental, and emotional ailments. Human touch is a free, effective, and easily accessible way to treat them.
  3. #metoo doesn't need to be where our story ends. We can find a balance that both honors individual boundaries and offers a touch-rich world.



Epiphany Jordan, Owner, Karuna Sessions

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Social & Global Impact
  • Level: Beginner
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