Monday, 14 September 2009

The Third Place

The first place is your home. The second place is your workplace. The 'third place' is where you hang out in between. Ray Oldenburg wrote the book on it. The Great Good Place argues that "third places" - where people can gather, put aside the concerns of work and home, and hang out simply for the pleasures of good company and lively conversation - are the heart of a community's social vitality and the grassroots of democracy. Could Starbucks have known this all these years? Keep up on 'Third Places' like La Bellevilloise of Paris or Germany's Hofbrauhaus or Beans int the Belfry of MD, here. (Could Blogging be The Fourth Place?)

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