BRAINERD — Central Lakes College has partnered with the Central Lakes Community Performing Arts Center to offer ConnectEffect, an innovative, interactive entertainment experience aimed at addressing common issues of loneliness and social isolation. Masu.
The event is free and open to the public at Central Lakes College in Brainerd from January 23rd to 25th at 6 p.m.
ConnectEffect is hosted by two-time Emmy Award-nominated television producer Riaz Patel. Riaz Patel is a visionary leader with a unique approach to breaking down social barriers.
Walk-in participation is possible, but seats are limited, so please apply in advance. More information and a link to register are available at:
For more information about the ConnectEffect organization, please visit:
ConnectEffect uniquely explores the real world and the screen world in a style that blends talk show and live theater. Each session, approximately 80 participants, will be guided by Patel and his team through group experiences, exercises, and conversations aimed at bridging generations, cultures, and beliefs.
Through a deeply personal and disarming approach, Patel gathers a diverse audience of strangers and, within the duration of the event, equalizes them and humanizes one deeply connected group.
Described as a “game changer” by Forbes, the ConnectEffect experience peels away labels, fosters conversations that break through echo chambers, and provides a fun and entertaining platform for meaningful dialogue and connection.
With a background in psychological research and a 20-year career producing shows in 20 countries and on every major network, Patel has a deep understanding of the impact of media, division, and identity on human connection.
Patel received a special award from the City of Los Angeles for her work with the Genes Center, a domestic violence prevention organization, and her efforts to change perspectives in the entertainment field.
In an age characterized by digital connectivity, Patel and the medical profession recognize the urgent need for genuine human connection.
U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy recently said, “Our epidemic of loneliness and isolation is an underappreciated public health crisis that harms the health of individuals and society.”
ConnectEffect Patel’s approach to creating social connections between participants is based on his belief that relationships are a powerful source of healing and happiness, and that when implemented in the right way, any two people can deeply connect. It is rooted in belief.
“We believe in the power of connections to bridge gaps, break down barriers and foster understanding between people from all walks of life. We hope it will be a catalyst for building a more connected community,” Central Lakes Community Performing Arts Center Director Joey Yeo said in a news release.
This event is supported by several organizations dedicated to the well-being of our community, including Central Lakes College’s Office of Equity and Inclusion, Central Lakes Community Performing Arts Center, Region Five Development Committee, Five Wings Arts Council, and Essentia. It has come true. Good health, good crow feathers, and a table of justice in the lake area.
“By supporting ConnectEffect, these organizations contribute to the broader goals of community health, combating social isolation, and fostering meaningful connections among residents,” said Mary Sam, dean of students, wellness, and equity. he said in a release.