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A happier new year: How we must use technology to combat loneliness – and all raise our game looking out for others
Let me begin by wishing you all a very happy new year.
I truly hope that 2024 brings you some fun, inspiration, interesting challenges and all the rewards you deserve.
January is a time for looking forward. It is a time for being optimistic.
It should also be a time for acknowledging the realities of life and our ambitions to change things for the better.
So, let me lay out two visions of what could happen to you in your life to come. One of these futures is quite lovely. The other is bleak. In both of them, you have grown old.
Hello, I’m James Batchelor
Expert on technology, entrepreneurship and digitisation for the ageing population
My name is James Batchelor and every day I strive to discover new ways to use Technology, Leadership and Change to help organisations not just make money, but make the world a better place too.
I want everybody to understand this potential. That’s why I work as a mentor for other founders and entrepreneurs. And, that’s why I am sharing my own insights and those of other brilliant people with you here.
I make regular speaker appearances, talking about themes including entrepreneurship, being a founder and the use of technology to help older and vulnerable people. I also take part in regular media interviews on these subjects.
In 2004 I invented the “I am OK button” (which we have evolved in to OKEachDay®) and founded Alertacall – an award-winning company that helps tens of thousands of people feel safe, connected and informed whilst also combating loneliness and isolation.
I also work with a number of charities, including as Trustee of The Silver Line; a British charity helpline for older people founded by Dame Esther Rantzen.
My work and my life has one simple philosophy: Live Well, Give Back.