Lucca Sharplin Cando

  • Kaiako / Lecturers
    Don Chooi, Jim Murray, Eddie Wong, Jocelyn Janon, Tammie Leong
  • School
    Media Design School

Cando: Harnessing Lifetimes of Wisdom

Cando is a platform that fosters and unlocks the power of intergenerational relationships, benefiting both seniors and youth. Inspired by Stanford Center on Longevity's research monograph "Hidden in Plain Sight: How Intergenerational Relationships Can Transform Our Future," (June 2016), which highlights the remarkable potential of intergenerational connections, Cando provides a place for seniors to offer their lifetimes of skills and experience and for younger generations eager to learn to easily find and tap their guidance and wisdom.

As Nancy Morrow-Howell, Professor and Director of the Center for Aging at Washington University, highlights in the monograph “Many older adults agree that intergenerational service is the most important thing they could be doing...”. Cando addresses this insight through a powerful, easy to use app that connects seniors and youth to realise this tremendous opportunity.

At the heart of Cando lies a comprehensive profile system, enabling seniors to showcase their skills, interests, and availability. This personalised approach ensures meaningful connections by tailoring experiences to the needs of seniors and youth, empowering and inspiring both generations.

For youth, Cando provides easy access to wisdom and guidance from experienced seniors. The platform connects them with skilled mentors eager to make a difference. Cando supports youth in various aspects, from career advice to life skills and personal development. By fostering intergenerational connections, Cando helps youth gain valuable insights, direction, and a solid foundation for future success.

Cando also champions the passions and ideas of youth, recognising the importance of purpose in their lives. Drawing from William Damon's insights in his book "The Path to Purpose," New York (2008) the platform encourages youth to explore their interests and aspirations. By connecting them with mentors who share their passions, Cando guides youth in pursuing their dreams. Through this collaboration, Cando helps youth build confidence, nurture talents, and discover their unique purpose.

Seniors, in turn, find renewed purpose and fulfilment through their interactions with younger generations. Cando empowers seniors to showcase their skills, interests, and expertise, enabling meaningful contributions and leaving a lasting impact on society. By becoming mentors, seniors pass down knowledge while experiencing purpose, fulfilment, and personal growth. The platform also fosters connections among like-minded seniors, creating a support network that enhances overall well-being.

Cando bridges the generation gap and leverages technology to create stronger, connected communities where wisdom is shared, skills are honed, and enduring friendships are formed. Intergenerational connections foster empathy, understanding, and mutual respect, promoting inclusivity and cohesiveness in society. Through Cando, individuals from different generations come together to learn, collaborate, and contribute to a brighter future.

Join us in fostering intergenerational connections, cultivating purpose, and experiencing fulfilment for both seniors and youth. Together, we can shape a future where wisdom is shared, youth are championed, and purposeful connections flourish, bringing transformative benefits to individuals, communities, and society as a whole.