IRL: The Power of Human Connection

Mar 13, 2023

2:30pm – 3:30pm CT

Recording: IRL: The Power of Human Connection, Mar 13, 2023

Over the pandemic, people turned to Zoom experiences and online platforms in droves out of necessity, but we need in-person connections to thrive—the World Happiness Report concludes that IRL experiences increase mental health, happiness, and well-being. Now, real life experiences are surging to levels even higher than pre-Covid: the average Eventbrite creator is holding more events than in 2019, AnyRoad reported record bookings, and Meow Wolf opened two new immersive experiences during the pandemic (with Omega Mart and Convergence Station breaking records for ticket sales). In this discussion, explore the role of in-person experiences in creating human connection, and how to create engaging experiences at scale that lead to powerful movements.

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Didi Bethurum

Meow Wolf

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Vivek Sagi


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