Belong Center: A Movement to End Loneliness and Empower Belonging

March 21, 2024

I’m stoked to share with you a movement that’s close to my heart and deeply aligned with my mission to elevate people and the planet. I’m talking about Belong Center, an organization founded by my twin sister, Radha Agrawal, co-founder of Daybreaker, and one that I’m proud to serve on the board of. Belong Center is on a mission to end loneliness and empower belonging for all.

The New Church: Creating Spaces for Connection and Community

Belong Center is pioneering a new way to bring people together by creating spaces that serve as modern-day churches – sanctuaries for human connection, not bound by religion but by the shared experience of being human. 

In addition to the centers, we’re developing our Belong Circles program of in-person gatherings across the country, as well as our Belong Corps team of volunteers, to support and facilitate these connections. 

Imagine walking into a space where you can sit in a circle with others, share, listen, and connect on a deep level. That’s the magic of Belong Center.

The Belong Bench Movement: A Symbol of Openness and Connection

One of the most beautiful initiatives of Belong Center is the Belong Bench Movement. These aren’t just any benches; they’re rounded, inviting, and painted a cheerful yellow. They’re placed in public spaces as a symbol of openness and an invitation to sit and connect with someone new. It’s a simple yet powerful reminder that sometimes, all it takes to break the barrier of loneliness is a shared moment on a bench.

Empowering Belonging: The Heart of the Movement

At its core, Belong Center is about empowering belonging. It’s about creating environments where people can come together, share their stories, and feel a sense of community. We’re also building culture-shifting campaigns promoting belonging as a fundamental human need through social media, events, and out-of-home marketing. 

Furthermore, we’re excited to fund and launch an academic study on the importance of collective dance and joy, in partnership with UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center.

Joining the Movement: How You Can Be a Part of Belong Center

Whether you’re a thought leader in entrepreneurship, a creative mind in tech, or a young person seeking inspiration, you can be a part of this movement. Join one of our programs, sit on a Belong Bench (once they’ve launched!), volunteer your office space or time, or simply start a conversation with someone new. Every small action contributes to the larger mission of ending loneliness and empowering belonging.

Belong Center is more than just an organization; it’s a movement that’s redefining what it means to connect in the modern world. It’s a testament to the power of human connection and a call to action for all of us to create a more inclusive, compassionate, and connected society. 

Xo,

Miki


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