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Meaningful networking

Zane Culkstena | TEDxRiga

Zane Culkstena is management and marketing consultant who founded contemporary arts center kim? known for its cutting edge exhibitions and international collaborations. Zane holds degrees from Stockholm School of Economics in Riga, Sussex University and Columbia University in the City of New York.

Aristotle wrote: “Man is a social animal.” Indeed, from Aristotle to Facebook, social connections have been pivotal for human beings. Yet what kind of social relations do we want? Our social life, especially on the Internet, is becoming increasingly cursory and dull. People still look for romantic and family relationships to make their lives meaningful. We all have university or workplace friends with whom we share intellectual and professional values and interests. But if the university years have long gone and we have a settled career, how to expand our social network in a meaningful way? Zane argues that participation in the boards and membership structures of non-governmental organizations is the ultimate form of meaningful networking.