VOX on the value of a Third Place: ‘You’ll become a familiar face, a driver of conversation, a person to say hello to’

‘Immersing yourself in the culture of the space requires intentionality, consciously caring for your, and your community’s, social health. This might require some actionable changes, like dedicating time each week to spend an hour or so in a neighborhood hangout, going into a restaurant or coffee shop instead of picking up, leaving your phone in your pocket while waiting in line, engaging with people in small but meaningful ways. Don’t become discouraged if an interaction isn’t as successful as you hoped, says Liu, the founder of meetup group Wowza Hangout. To be a part of something, you must consistently show up.

‘Soon enough you’ll naturally braid into the fabric of the third place; you’ll become a familiar face, a driver of conversation, a person to say hello to. In an age of loneliness, that might be one of the most powerful tools of all.

Allie Volpe, VOX, in an article this month called ‘If you want to belong, find a third place’ (‘Your neighborhood watering hole is more important than you think.’ See full story: https://www.vox.com/the-highlight/24119312/how-to-find-a-third-place-cafe-bar-gym-loneliness-connection?_hsmi=308965845


Meet DK in the Third Place

I always find mine wherever I go. Some favorites over the years: Joe Bar in Seattle (closed now, sadly), Mr. Piccolo in Phnom Penh, another cafe in Phnom  Penh where I go every day, Fields and also Kalbo’s in Skibbereen many years ago, Perkins Library at Duke in Durham NC, the brickyard at NC State, the lovely lovely park in the midst of Riga, and a new place in Phnom Penh where later this month I will host ‘The Book of Blue’. Activating a public space, this time, a bar.