A young girl helps an older woman use a mobile phone
10.06.2019

Talk technology with APPG on Social Integration

The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Social Integration welcomes all to a discussion on the way technology can help bridge the generational divide, in the Wilson Room of Portcullis House, Houses of Parliament, from 2:30PM – 3:30PM on Monday 17 June.

Is technology a tool for good in bringing generations together and combatting loneliness, or is it pushing people apart? Tell us what you think.

The next APPG on Social Integration’s event follows the launch of the APPG’s ‘Healing the Generational Divide’ interim report in mid-May and will kick-start the second half of the APPG’s inquiry into intergenerational connection. A central focus of the inquiry is the way in which technology can both cause feelings of loneliness and disconnection among different age groups, while also providing new tools to connect generations.

The APPG’s chair, Chuka Umunna MP, will be joined by other APPG members and three expert speakers for the event:

  • Matthew Oakley, director of WPI Economics, who launched a report called ‘Harnessing technology to tackle loneliness’ alongside Vodafone UK in March 2019.
  • Harriet Gridley, head of business development at No Isolation, which produced a device called KOMP to help connect generations at the push of a button.
  • Cal Strode, spokesperson for The Mental Health Collective, who has commented on the way technology and social media may be exacerbating feelings of social isolation in young people. 

Following speeches from the speakers, there will be an opportunity for audience members to participate in a Q&A discussion with the panel and APPG members.

For more information about the event, directions to the venue, and details of how to register for free, see the official event page.

Whether you’re able to make it next Monday (17 June) or not, we’d love to hear from you on Twitter, and you can join the conversation by using the handles @IntegrationAPPG and @TheChallenge_UK, and the hashtag #HealingDivides.

We look forward to seeing lots of you there!