December 1st, 2013

In Praise Of ‘Consequential Strangers’

People Who Don’t Seem To Matter, But Really Do.

Our barista, bank teller, waitress, neighborhood grocer, sushi chef, barber and dry cleaner — just to name a few — populate our days and enrich our lives, but we often take them for granted. Yet these are the very people who bring information and novelty into


September 30th, 2013

OPINION – The Library As ‘Third Place’

Exploring The New Central Library As A Venue For Community Engagement

Today marks the first official day of operations for the new San Diego Central Library @ Joan ^ Irwin Jacobs Common, following a weekend of grand opening festivities and a sneak peek of the ground floor.

Renamed and fully funded, the nine-story building at


August 6th, 2013

OPINION – Why ‘Third Place’ is a Good Place

Third place, often associated with the consolation prize in competitions of all types, is actually the best place when it comes to the concept of community building.  In this context,  ‘third place’ refers to our social surroundings separate from the two usual social environments in which we spend most of our time: home (first place) and