Welcome to the Future of Friendship project! This project was conceived of and is facilitated by Canadian educator Bill Belsey.

This project will explore the topic of friendship by asking the critical question, “What is the future of friendship?”

The Future of Friendship Project Premise:

Today we live in a fast-paced, technologically-charged and increasingly interconnected world. So you would think that the ease with which we keep in touch would make it easier to find, develop and nurture friendships and other close relationships, but is this really true?

This project will endeavour to find out about the state of friendship today by answering some important questions (see below).

Essential Questions:

  • What is the future of friendship?
  • Is the nature of friendship changing?
  • What makes for healthy relationships with others?
  • Do you have more or fewer friends outside your family then you use to?
  • Is it easier or harder to make and keep friends and relationships with others now than before?
  • Has the Internet changed how we define friendship?
  • Is being a “Facebook Friend” an oxymoron?
  • Do people make time for one another the way they use to? If not, what are the implications of this on our relationships with others?
  • Are people now focusing on the quantity of “friendships” we have vs. the quality of friendship? (How many “Friends” you have on Facebook is often seen as equalling greater social status?

Mr. Belsey invited his students and other young people around the world to participate in and contribute to this project, including teachers and from iEARN, the International Education and Resource Network.

For more information about this project, you can send an e-mail to billbelsey(a)gmail.com.