Spaghetti Project Encourages Community Building Beyond Screens

Bobbi Rebell, Randi Zuckerberg, and Erica Keswin | Source: UJA-Federation of New York

Bobbi Rebell, Randi Zuckerberg, and Erica Keswin | Source: UJA-Federation of New York

“When left to our own devices, we’re not connecting,” said Erica Keswin, Spaghetti Project founder, workplace strategist professional, and professional dot connector, at a UJA-Federation of New York event on February 6, 2017. Keswin talked about the Spaghetti Project, which she founded to help people re-establish relationships and to build communities within communities. “The whole day could go by, and while you’ve sent out 700 emails, you really haven’t connected with people.”

In helping people connect, UJA brought together nearly 100 women for a conversation that focused on our relationships with money and technology. The talk included Keswin; Bobbi Rebell, author of How to Be a Financial Grownup; and Randi Zuckerberg, New York Times best-selling author, founder and CEO of Zuckerberg Media, and host of “Dot Complicated” on SiriusXM.

“We sometimes feel that our self-worth is our net worth and we can’t really feel that way,” said Rebell. “We all make choices that are related to money that tie into our relationships. Think how many times you’ve gone out to dinner with friends but not really thought through if they can afford it or should they be spending the money.”

Zuckerberg discussed how technology can empower children. “When we talk about kids and technology, people immediately go to a place of anxiety, guilt, and fear. We think about a child sitting on a sofa with two iPads. That’s the image that pops into our mind. And it doesn’t have to be that way.” Without being glued to a screen, “There are so many ways to build that early love of logic, engineering, and coding,” Zuckerberg said.

Keswin, Rebell, and Zuckerberg also offered advice on how to turn your passions into successful side projects.

Rebell advised, “Take ownership of it and do it.”

According to Keswin, “You have to be open to connecting to people. You can’t be looking down.”

“You think there’s only one path to your side hustle, but there are really so many more,” said Zuckerberg.

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