Eldera is a global platform for wisdom sharing and intergenerational connection. Eldera stands for bringing back the Era of the Elders. Its co-founders imagine a world where the time and wisdom of 1 billion elders becomes a new natural resource for all generations to thrive and build a better future. They do this by connecting kids around the world with vetted elder mentors, one-to-one and many at a time, for weekly virtual storytime, conversations or activities. Kids benefit from social-emotional learning and increased resilience, elders benefit from a sense of purpose and broadened legacy, and most importantly everyone experiences real joy. Since its launch in March 2020, Eldera has grown into a community spanning 45 states and 22 countries. They were featured in The Atlantic, TIME, The Wall Street Journal and Forbes and have been invited to be an official partner of Columbia University’s School of Public Health. Eldera was named by the United Nations “AI for Good” arm as The Case Study on How to Rebuild Human Relationships with the Help of Artificial Intelligence.
Eldera matches elder mentors with children for Zoom-based meetings once a week. Profiles are taken and evaluated for a good match between elder and child. The result is a success rate of 94%, where whole new relationships are established between two people who are physically remote but on the same wavelength.
The Eldera system now has over 1,000 active mentors – created largely via word-of-mouth. Currently, there is a waiting list of children and Eldera is focused on adding mentors. Graduate school alumni are an ideal source because of their knowledge, wisdom and practical experience.
Dana Griffin, Eldera’s co-founder and CEO, will speak to us about the organization’s vision and amazing success in its brief one-year history. She will also encourage attendees to learn more about Eldera and consider becoming mentors to kids in the U.S. and around the world.
Participants must register by May 10th to receive details on joining the discussion.
Co-Founder and CEO of Eldera
Dana Griffin is the Co-Founder and CEO of Eldera. She envisions Eldera as a virtual village with a real soul where elders are an asset to society, and their wisdom a service to humanity. Dana was raised by her grandparents in Transylvania, Romania and has been guided by elder mentors throughout her life. A former data and advertising executive turned age-tech entrepreneur, AI for Good advocate and author of multiple trademarks and patents focused on aging and wisdom, Dana serves on multiple AI and Aging related boards. She has been advising, consulting, and speaking internationally about principled uses of AI for innovation, policy, and social impact and was recognized by AdAge as a “40 under 40 changing the advertising industry”. A Vedic meditator and outspoken fan of interesting people and good food, Dana spends her time cooking, training in Krav Maga and exploring human consciousness.
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