Polly Akhurst, David Blackwell

In this Thursday, July 17, 2014 photo, Polly Akhurst, right, and David Blackwell, co-founders of Talk To Me London, pose during an interview with the Associated Press, in London. It’s a typical urban routine: Sit on the subway, headphones in, fiddling with the smartphone to avoid eye contact with fellow passengers. Now a new campaign called Talk To Me wants to change London’s image as one of the loneliest places in Britain. Volunteers are handing out special badges with the message “Talk to me, I’ll talk to you” – an invitation to strike up a conversation with the wearer, anywhere. (AP Photo/Bogdan Maran)

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