Match-A-Friend Principles

Connecting with another means connecting with oneself.

The fundamental principle of Match-A-Friend is the Art of Connection. It is the foundation and backbone of every program operated by Autism Unites.

At the core of the Art of Connection is the concept of aesthetics. It is a branch of philosophy dealing with the nature of art that incorporates the creation and appreciation of beauty.

Plato believed that beautiful objects incorporated proportion, harmony and unity among their parts.  Similarly, Aristotle found that the universal elements of beauty were order, symmetry, and definiteness.

The pillars of the Art of Connection are excellence, mastery and success that incorporate these essential elements:

  1. Presence
  2. Focus
  3. Inspiration
  4. Balance
  5. Flow
  6. Order
  7. Confidence
  8. Power
  9. Respect
  10. Grace
  11. Integrity
  12. Lightness
  13. Purpose
  14. Belief
  15. Intention
  16. Compassion
  17. Abundance
  18. Connection

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