Award-winning documentary ‘The Great Disconnect’ to be screened Aug. 19 at free Neighboring 101 class

  • Published: Sunday, July 18, 2021

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Individuals registered for University of Missouri Extension’s free monthly Neighboring 101 class can view the award-winning documentary “The Great Disconnect” on Thursday, Aug. 19.

“The Great Disconnect” uncovers why, in a world seemingly more connected than ever before, people are feeling more and more socially isolated – and the true cost this has on our lives, said David Burton, county engagement specialist with MU Extension.

“Being social disconnected and crazy busy are two of the biggest negative impacts on our culture and the decline we have seen in neighboring connections and social capital in a community over the past several decades,” Burton said. “This documentary captures some ideas that are relevant to anyone who wants to improve their neighboring and neighborhood for the benefit of their greater community.”

Individuals can register for Neighboring 101 at Register before Aug. 18 to receive the Zoom link for the Aug. 19 class.

“Once registered for the class, you will also have access to video recordings of past Neighboring 101 classes and get notices for each monthly class,” said Burton.

There are currently more 400 people registered for the class, according to Burton.

Learn more about the documentary at


Neighboring is the art and skill of building relationships with the people who live in the closest proximity to you. Being a good neighbor offers tremendous health benefits, leads to reductions in crime, reduces loneliness, improves communities, and improves your quality of life.

University of Missouri Extension is at the forefront of a national movement that recognizes the importance of neighboring in community development. MU Extension is offering classes like "Neighboring 101" and "Becoming an Engaged Neighbor" along with two annual neighboring events as a way to raise awareness and encourage others to focus on neighbors.

To learn more about the Engaged Neighbor Program or the impact of neighboring, go to, or contact David Burton at [email protected] or 417-881-8909. "Becoming an Engaged Neighbor" can also be found on Facebook.

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