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#SayItForward Kindness, Compassion, Hope, Love & Healing with Social Tech | Sona Mehring | TEDxFargo
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Added Sep 28, 2016
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Technology gives us more ways to connect than we could possibly imagine even 20 years ago. And as we control the content that is created and shared, it is squarely on our shoulder’s to use social technology responsibly and with the intention to strengthen relationships and leave a positive impact on the world ­— not just during times of crisis, but every day. Sona Mehring, founder of CaringBridge, the first and most widely used social network focused on connecting with loved ones during a health journey, demonstrates how everyday messages of love, meaning and kindness can start the ripple effect of #SayItForward.

Sona Mehring is the founder of CaringBridge, the first and most widely used nonprofit social network dedicated to helping family and friends communicate with and support loved ones during a health journey through the use of free personal websites. CaringBridge first started as an act of kindness for her friends, but it soon became Sona’s passion and eventually her new career. People around the world are now able to share news, receive strength, and coordinate care by creating free personal websites through CaringBridge. Since its creation, more than half a million CaringBridge websites have been visited two billion times.

As an author, speaker and community builder, Sona elevates the awareness and use of CaringBridge on a national scale by speaking about improving health outcomes through the power of social support. Sona is the author of Hope Conquers All: Inspiring Stories of Love and Healing from CaringBridge

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