Amava Methodology

The research that drives our approach to fostering social connection.

The Pandemic Is Resetting Casual Friendships 2021

Source: The Atlantic

The pandemic has effectively wiped out a layer of connection, loose ties, for many people at and outside of work. The hope is that the pause imposed by the pandemic will remind people of how important to their professional and social lives these more casual friendships are and that there will be renewed enthusiasm for them going forward.

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Together: The Healing Power of Human Connection in a Sometimes Lonely World 2020

Source: Dr. Vivek Murthy

Dr. Murthy identifies the loneliness epidemic as a public health emergency and offers solutions for building more engaged lives: avenues to meaning, purpose and social connection.

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The Learning Circle Model: Collaborative Knowledge Building 2014

Source: Margaret Riel

A Learning Circle is a flexible learning experience in which a group of individuals meet regularly to learn from one another about a topic of common interest. Historically and globally, civic organizations, neighborhood communities, faith-based communities and social justice groups have used the idea of learning circles to empower their members to make choices and take action. The concept has also been applied in the professional development context. In all instances, the common thread is collective responsibility for the sharing of knowledge.

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Flipping the Classroom 2020

Source: Cynthia J. Brame, Vanderbilt University Center for Teaching

Educational researchers and practitioners have been promoting the technique of the Flipped Classroom for over a decade. In essence, the method involves students gaining first exposure to new material outside of class, usually via reading or lecture videos, and then using time in class to assimilate, problem-solve, discuss and debate. A teacher acts more as a “guide on the side” as opposed to a more traditional “sage on the stage,” yielding more peer-to-peer interaction and engagement.

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The Power of Weak Ties 2019

Source: Towards Data Science

Casual acquaintances enrich people’s lives and loose ties are valuable and worth maintaining. Increasing reliance on social media followed by the pandemic has led to the degradation of many of these relationships

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Social Connection Boosts Health Even When You’re Isolated 2020

Source: Psychology Today

Connection has nothing to do with the number of friends you hang out with, contacts on Facebook, or the amount of community groups to which you belong. If you're a loner or an introvert, you can still reap the benefits because a sense of connection is internal. Researchers have found that the benefits of connection are actually linked to a subjective sense of connection.

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Class Size Policy: The STAR Experiment and Related Class-Size Studies 2012

Source: National Council of Professors of Educational Administration

Smaller class sizes, in the vicinity of 15 people, have been shown to be the most effective learning and social environments.

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