Small World
SLG

Small World strengthens communities facilitating high quality connections among community members. Connected communities are happier, more inclusive, more innovative, and more productive.

We've connected with an incredible number of communities that feel disconnectedness: local governments, police departments, faith communities, student and faculty groups... It's surprising that the solution is so simple.

What we do is simple: smallworld takes a list of community members and makes random pairings at a regular interval (every week, every two weeks,  every month, etc.). The paired members reach out to each other to set up a time for coffee, lunch, or another low-commitment one-on-one interaction.

When a community forms, members tend to connect more easily with other members who are similar to themselves. This is a natural tendency called homophily in sociology and leads to silos or cliques forming within communities. smallworld disrupts homophily and silos by facilitating random connections between community members. We’re currently operating in ten communities including student groups, faculty groups, faith communities, and a health clinic.  

Small World strengthens communities facilitating high-quality connections among community members. Connected communities are happier, more inclusive, more innovative, and more productive.  

Center for Entrepreneurship Jump Start grants, The Startup competition, treks, and advising; Zell Lurie Institute Michigan Business Challenge, Dare to Dream grants and advising; TechArb Student Startup Accelerator; CHISL Design; Innovation in Action; Medical School Shark Tank and Innovation and Entrepreneurship Path of ExcellenceZell Entrepreneurship and Law Clinic


Team:

  • Rob Cesaro, Medical School, MD 2019, Advisor
  • Whit Froehlich,  Medical School, MD 2019, Advisor
  • Max Froehlich,  Green Hills High School, 2017, Software Developer
  • Jared Leibowich, University of Chicago, MPA 2016, COO
  • Elliott Brannon, Medical School, MD/PhD; 2023, CEO