Is vulnerability needed to foster community and connection? Can vulnerability increase the bonds of social capital in order to better improve our lives?
We can no longer gain ground in reversing the trends of heightened crime, suffering achievement rates in schools, economic disparity and ailing public health standards without returning to a simple but powerful concept: connection at a human scale.
Many writers over the past half-century have tackled this: Jane Jacobs, Robert D. Putnam, Charles Montgomery, to name a few.
“[M]ost Americans instinctively recognize that we need to reconnect with one another. Figuring out how to reconcile the competing obligations of work and family and community is the ultimate ‘kitchen table’ issue,” says Putnam in Bowling Alone.
But connection is an elusive idea. Tied to it are notions of trust and vulnerability. Creating community may be nurtured by creating a practice of individual or collective “vulnerability.”
Please join Rick Wolfe, Majid Hashemi and Robert Wakulat for a conversation about the importance of vulnerability in building social capital. Among the questions we’ll consider:
- What would collective “vulnerability” look like?
- If vulnerability is good for us in a civic or community sense, how might we create physical or institutional spaces that cradle this kind of interaction?
- How might we reconcile competing obligations of work and family and community to develop this needed social capital? Or must we approach these silo’d worlds in new ways?
- How do online and offline interaction shape, amplify, distort, or destroy our levels of vulnerability when it comes to building trust and community?
NOTES: As always, our Kitchen Table will have modest munchies but please take care of your dinner needs prior to arrival
Please arrive a few minutes early for a prompt 7:00 pm start time. Doors lock at 7 pm so please call Majid (416-268-0230) or Robert (416-458-4841) if you are arriving late.
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