Let’s talk about Third Places

‘According to Wikipedia, in community building, the third place is the social surroundings separate from the two usual social environments of home (“first place”) and the workplace (“second place”). Examples of third places include… cafes, clubs, public libraries, bookstores or parks.

‘In… The Great Good Place (1989), Ray Oldenburg argues that third places are important for civil society, democracy, civic engagement, and establishing feelings of a sense of place. Oldenburg calls one’s “first place” the home and those that one lives with. The “second place” is the workplace—where people may actually spend most of their time.

‘Third places, then, are “anchors” of community life and facilitate and foster broader, more creative interaction.[1] In other words, “your third place is where you relax in public, where you encounter familiar faces and make new acquaintances.”[2]

Source: Wikipedia

Questions I have.  What will we do now that we can’t meet easily in public space like we used to pre-covid? Or will our newfound time from not-commuting or better prioritizing the relationships in our lives over ‘work’ change how we allocate time for progressively-building, high-quality relationships?

[deleted]… This is where Kismuth has been spending time instead of engaging in social media and social credibility making displays of ‘interestingness.’ Kismuth just doesn’t care about that. Rather, we want to slim down our area of focusing our attention. To just a few. For those who are really interested in this as much as I am, please check out more at this page on Behance…


More to say, more to make, more to do. But in a different format from the ways I know (no more roundtables, salons, ateliers, workshops, and real life blind dates. But!, still the intention of setting up space for us to engage and encounter the new, uncertain, and different). To the journeys, then. The new, the near, the now, and the…


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