Chaos to Clarity –Take Your Seat on Our Friendship Bench


What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us. And when we bring what is within us out into the world, miracles happen.

–Henry Stanley Haskins

In the African country of Zimbabwe, war trauma and high unemployment can leave people in despair—until they find hope on a “friendship bench.” A Friendship Bench is quite literally a park bench — with a higher calling. Hopeless people can go there to talk with trained “grandmothers” —elderly women taught to listen to people struggling with depression, known in that nation’s Shona language as kufungisisa, or “thinking too much.” The Friendship Bench Project is spreading across the world, including Zanzibar, London, and New York City, as a safe place to listen and to be heard.

We Invite You to Take A Seat on Our New Bench

In times of chaos & uncertainty and even in times of peace & tranquility, we’re simply better together. Which is why 360° Nation and HumansFirst have joined forces to construct a virtual friendship bench “for good”. A bench where people are bound together by choice, founded upon a universal good-faith commitment to listen, understand, respect, empathize with, and support one another. A place for giving and receiving without judgment.

Challenging times such as these call for more human connection – not less. Across the globe, people are searching for hope, recovery, and a brighter future. Of course, it will take time. But no matter how isolated we may feel, we are not alone in our desire for a safe place to connect, listen, and be heard. And that’s what our bench is all about. It’s for anyone and everyone seeking the comfort of unconditional belonging, sharing, listening, engaging and supporting. The kind of space that’s simply hard to find these days, but priceless when discovered. … Take a moment to listen to Mike Vacanti’s message below ⤵︎

Join Our Worldwide Gathering

Let’s come together as a global community —moving from chaos to clarity as we share positive perspectives on the upside-down world around us. Real people. Real discussion. Positively inspiring.

We take our seats on the Bench every Thursday at NOON Eastern. No Agenda. No Presentations. No Promos or Sales Pitches. Just good people gathered for inspired conversation. Drop by and stay for the hour or just long enough to see old friends and meet new friends —because we’re better together.


Rich, adult conversations. Thoughtful engagement. Real relationships. Humanity at its very best.

Dennis J. Pitocco
Dennis J. Pitocco
Dennis is the Founder, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of our award-winning life, culture, and biz new media digest, With an emphasis on action, our amazing writers empower people to transcend from knowing what to do to actually doing it. Today and every day, we simply deliver the very best insights, intelligence, and inspiration available anywhere, doing it our way by placing our writers and our audience at the forefront. It's magical. It's evergreen. And quite frankly, It's just good stuff. Period. Here's more About Us. He is also the Founder & Chief Encouragement Officer of GoodWorks 360°, our affiliated global nonprofit social impact enterprise, dedicated to providing mission-critical pro bono services to good nonprofits worldwide. Connect with him on Linkedin to learn more about his background. Dennis is a contributing author to the Best-Selling Book Chaos to Clarity: Sacred Stories of Transformational Change.


  1. Dennis, this is awesome! I’ve been doing “Salon Talk: Conversations that Matter. Connections that Motivate” in my FB Group. Yes, our world needs more conscious, meaningful voices and hearts coming together to explore what’s Good. And, since this has been going awhile, I realize I’m late to the conversation … I’m not sure how I missed it, but I’ll flow in ‘better late than never’ 🙂

  2. Great testimonial Mike.
    Dennis. I have to agree, this community you have opened up is amazing.
    It goes without saying that when writing real, we are allowing vulnerability ….To “read real” is what opens the heart…it’s encouraging and real… It’s not always an easy score to captivate the readers needs above your own… but sometimes it’s your own need to write that encourages another to feel too.
    We all need support like never before. This army of pens here? .. well I’m so proud of everyone and delighted to be a part of this movement. I have a whole slew of book marked reading to get too… 😀
    We are all readers before we are writers…. and so we share
    Thank you for this ❤️❤️🙏🙏👏🏻👏🏻 Paula. See you on the bench!

  3. This my brother reminds of the opening scene on that iconic bench in which Forrest Gump poured out his honest and heartfelt thoughts to a stranger and he even offered her some chocolate.

    Communion with one another is essential for our sanity and growth as individuals united with others for their sanity and growth.

    God bless all of us who sit on either side of the bench my dear brother.

  4. Dennis J. Pitocco

    Oh yes. This is an excellent initiative Dennis! I’m here to serve and get help too.
    I’m in lockdown and home alone! Human connection is necessary for survival. We have a challenge against our vary nature of existence. It’s imperative to reach out. I’m so proud of all the support I am seeing across all domains and look forward to this immensely! Thank you so much You are a beacon of true leadership my friend.
    Thank you from my heart here in Ontario, Canada! 🙏🙏🇨🇦🇨🇦P

  5. What a wonderful idea as we all -at our core-want to be seen, heard, and valued by another human being. Thank you so much, Dennis, Kevin, and Mike. I will happily be a part of this Hangout. Being more of an introvert, I may have to see how I can be of love and service within that Zoom hangout experience. I love the quote-especially this part “And when we bring what is within us out into the world, miracles happen.” That is especially the case when the contents of our characters are filled to the brim with love, compassion, kindness, wisdom, deep peace, creativity, care, integrity, wholeness, imagination…-the valuable human attributes! Thanks, again, for all you are creating at this time of birthing or rebirthing our souls and the dignity of the human spirit.

  6. YES, Dennis! You are spot on that “Challenging times such as these call for more human connection – not less.” I’m grateful for the journey we have shared that has led us here and excited to see where we go from here to a better, brighter, and more beautiful future. Together! Indeed we are #BetterTogether.







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