We are social animals and throughout history have gathered in groups for various needs: protection, food, social companionship. Recently, however, we have been less social as a species than at any time in our history.
20th century thinking, self-absorption and technology have made us isolated within crowds but we are finally learning to use that technology and social tools to rekindle that old flame (albeit virtually) beyond political, societal and geographic limitations - rebuilding a new global village with 21st century social presence and collaboration forming key pillars.
The internet replaces the garden fence and our "neighbours" could now be anywhere.
Image by Karin Dalziel