In community building, the third space is the social surroundings separate from the two usual social environments of home (“first place”) and the workplace (“second place”). As Ray Oldenburg argues in “The Great Good Place”, third spaces are important for civil society, democracy, civic engagement, and establishing feelings of a sense of place.
It is with this feeling of needing a new sense of place in this world, that we have embarked on this journey of discovery. As we any journey to the sea, the first step is to leave the comfort of the harbour and approach the world with a more curious, open, beginners mind.
To us, third spaces are “anchors” of community life that facilitate and foster broader, more creative interactions. As Rebekah White says “your third place is where you relax in public, where you encounter familiar faces and make new acquaintances.”
It is against this backdrop that we invite you into a dialogue on some of the most pressing issues of our time – as we meet the people that are ready to advance the key narratives of our age and link up with other progressive communities that are on similar journeys.