Kim is listed as a guest speaker for one of our discussions but she does not work at Cumberland Lodge. We cannot share her contact details and it is not always possible for us to pass on contact enquiries to past speakers.

Kim Samuel is an activist and educator, who is a forerunner of the global movement for belonging. She is the founder of the Samuel Centre for Social Connectedness, a “think-and-do tank” that partners with leading advocacy groups and research organisations to combat social isolation and build belonging on a global basis. She is also Visiting Scholar at the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative and the Fulbright Canada Ambassador for diversity and social connectedness.

Kim is the author of the book On Belonging: Finding Connection in an Age of Isolation, published with Abrams Press. On Belonging is an exploration of the crisis of social isolation and humanity's fundamental right to belong. Through diverse stories and leading-edge studies, the book examines the meaning of belonging and strategies to enable individuals, organisations, governments, and communities to cultivate it. Publishers Weekly called On Belonging a “compassionate journalistic treatise on building more inclusive communities” that “hits the mark.” Annie Lennox called the book a source of “inspiration and even hope”.