Magic happens when you can connect with another human who has been through (or is going through) a like experience. They are not always your nearest and dearest.
— Mario Louis Small, Havard University



Research shows that 48% of the time we are not sharing personal troubles with those closest to us. We are sharing with strangers, especially if they have been through or are going through the same thing as us.

Experiencing empathy through shared experience is powerful. That’s why we’re creating a Peer-2-Peer marketplace for emotional support, available free in the Apple App Store soon.


The app is a safe place to seek support for situations by connecting users with others that may have been through, or are experiencing the same situation, because there is immense power in feeling less alone.

There will be two easy ways to connect within the app:



Users can receive support by reaching out to the village to ask a question. They may ask anonymously or against their profile. They may ask for practical support, emotional support or both. They choose which gender sees and responds to their questions. Users own control is central to the app.


Users can give support by responding to questions. There is immense power in sharing, simply by providing tips or sharing their experiences user are able to help others feel less alone. Science proves giving has profound health and wellbeing benefits for both receivers and givers. Read more.

The Global Village App is on it’s way to being built. Sign up now to be first to know when we are live.

When we need someone to talk to about a personal difficulty, we often seek not sympathy but cognitive empathy, not pity but a sense that the person really understands our difficulty. The sense that someone truly understands us can be cathartic and powerful.
— Mario Louis Small, Havard University

the power of connecting with a stranger.

Read more on The Village Blog.

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By Mario Luis Small

After meeting with Small in October 2018, we were thrilled to see our research aligned with his - that it is often strangers whom with we share more of who we are. In this book Small lays out his research into the topic of connection and sharing and explores the insight that the strength of our social network will not always represent our likelihood to ‘get things off our chest’ with those closest to us.