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The contest closed Aug 30, 2016.



What Does Belonging Look Like?

"Isolation is the feeling of sitting alone at the bottom of a well. Connectedness is the feeling of belonging." Kim Samuel When you hear the word belonging, what images come to mind? What memories, feelings and life experiences have informed your personal sense of belonging? How are young people today fostering a culture of belonging and inclusion within your community?

A sense of belonging is a human need, like the need for food and shelter and who we are is shaped by the people who we are connected to! Our communities thrive when people feel connected, welcomed, accepted for who they are and supported by those around us.

We are interested in reflecting together on the theme of belonging in order to grow a global movement of fostering social connectedness.

In the past, geographic boundaries often defined our identities and communities. In a digital age, people are either feeling hyper connected or excluded from opportunities for meaningful connection.

We invite your imagination, voice and perspective on depicting visual representations on the theme of belonging so that we tackle the issue of isolation together.

Our plan is to curate an online collection and exhibit to showcase at international conferences and events to inspire decision makers in policy making and action. With that in mind, please include a description with the image or video that you submit to provide additional context on the meaning of what you create.

Promote this contest to your networks with the What Does Belonging Look Like Poster

A project of TakingITGlobal and the Samuel Family Foundation.


While the contest is open to everyone, contest winners must be between 13-30 years old at the time of entry.

Prizes for selected submissions are as follows!

1st Prize: Your choice of iPad Mini 2 or $250 USD Gift Card

2nd Prize: Your choice of Beats urBeats In-Ear Headphones or $100 USD Gift Card

3rd Prize: Your choice of iPod Shuffle or $50 USD Gift Card

Please note: In cases where Apple and/or do not ship to your country, we may substitute your prize for a cash prize equivalent, transferred via Western Union.

Prize winners must be 13-30 years old.

You understand that all information, data, text, software, music, sound, photographs, graphics, video, messages or other materials ("Content"), whether publicly posted or privately transmitted, are the sole responsibility of the person from which such Content originated. This means that you, and not TakingITGlobal, are entirely responsible for all Content that you upload, post, email, transmit or otherwise make available via the Service. TakingITGlobal has limited control of the Content posted via the Service and, as such, does not guarantee the accuracy, integrity or quality of such Content. You understand that by using the Service, you may be exposed to Content that is offensive, indecent or objectionable. Under no circumstances will TakingITGlobal be liable in any way for any Content, including, but not limited to, for any errors or omissions in any Content, or for any loss or damage of any kind incurred as a result of the use of any Content posted, emailed, transmitted or otherwise made available via the Service.