While we’re all unique individuals with our own interests, likes, feelings, thoughts, and values, we all share the same basic human needs—the need to be social and the need to connect with one another. Our fast-paced, youth-driven culture of constant digital connection has, in a way, separated us from the basics of personal interaction that our elders are trying very much to hold on to.
With Me is a kit of games that utilizes design as a tool of inclusion to help generations connect better than they presently do—encouraging meaningful interaction and intergenerational dialogue.
With Me was created in my thesis semester while in the MFA program at Vermont College of Fine Arts. In February 2014, it was awarded a grant from The Pollination Project, and featured in The Huffington Post. The grant funded the production of 100 With Me kits that were donated to senior centers and assisted living homes. With Me was also featured in the top 20 ideas for OpenIdeo and Mayo Clinic’s Aging Challenge.
Each game provides a starting point for connection. The participants then create their own unique experience as a synthesis of the moments that make up their lives.
It’s not about age, it's about our human desire to build meaningful relationships throughout all phases of our lives.