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Third Places are the real-world locations where we find companionship and conversation

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Third Places are the real-world locations where we find companionship and conversation

Sociologist Ray Oldenburg coined the term “third place” in his 1989 bestseller The Great Good Place: Cafes, Coffee Shops, Bookstores, Bars, Hair Salons, and Other Hangouts at the Heart of a Community. He’s a Berkshire editor, colleague, and friend, inspiring our work and making us aware, day by day, of the ways we connect in the real world.

Creating third places (that is, places that are not home and not work) is something that city planners think about, and even some inspired developers like Ron Sher of Seattle. Third-place projects are in the works all over the world, and there are third places everywhere that need to be recognized and supported and sometimes rekindled. We love the fact that visiting pubs and bookstores is part of our research! Here’s the story of Ron Sher’s combined bookstore and pub, which is one reason we remain a little regretful that our April’s Fools Day 2016 story about moving to Seattle was just a joke. Click here to read an interview with Robert Sindelar of Seattle’s Third Place Books, and visit our Third Places image collection.

By | 2016-06-24T08:50:14+00:00 June 24th, 2016|Things We Love|1 Comment

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Karen Christensen is the CEO of Berkshire Publishing.

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  1. Susan P. Bachelder 22 September 2017 at 11:32

    I always wish I had more time to hang around your website. Sadly the two places that would have been part of the last century’s Third Places – Church and School – didn’t even come in a sad last on Ray’s list, although I have not read the book to see if they get a nod. I believe, and will continue to fight for the right of every small town in the Berkshires to have a school in their community. The presence of those 20 children, all the Egremont Village School can legally hold, and their weekly walk through the village to the Library is the yeast of this village life. Now as we are closed for much needed foundational work, we still struggle with how a proposed Education Task Force proposal of one district with 15,000 children helps the Towns who created this monster. It guts the towns in which those children live, and their parent live; and as we try and maintain Third Places to be community, the Amazon trucks roll into town. I cannot remember where I saw it, but it was attributed to Mahatma Gandhi – Whatever you do will never be enough, but it is very important that you do it. I really enjoy reading your work. I hope you go to China – I told State to make sure they took you!
    Happy Equinox – may our light and shade always be in balance.

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