ENGAGE| Crisis of Connection with Jenn Hoos Rothberg & Peter Block

How can we put the radically old technology of human connection to good use? Join us on November 15th for an intimate conversation between Jenn Hoos Rothberg and Peter Block on the crisis of connection in the United States. This event will include music and poetry, and attendees will be invited to be active participants in this emerging conversation. To register, go to crisisofconnection.eventbrite.com.

WATCH | Tristan Harris on the Social Media Emergency

Tristan Harris, Co-Founder & Executive Director of the Center for Humane Technology and the primary subject in The Social Dilemma documentary, spoke at The Nantucket Project about the attention economy, the “perception gap” between political tribes, and the ways in which technology overwhelms our cognitive limits, feeds addictive use, fuels polarization, and breaks our democracy. Then he gave us a window into a future where a better world is possible.

READ | What if Burnout Is Less About Work and More About Isolation?

We cannot resolve the feeling of being isolated or burned out alone. “We know that the brain can do a lot of really hard things for a long time, as long as it doesn’t have to do them by itself. We only develop greater resilience when we are deeply emotionally connected to other people.”

LISTEN | How Does the Power of Conversation Bring Out the Best in Us?

Eboo Patel, Founder and Executive Director of Interfaith America, spoke with award-winning radio host of ‘On Being’ Krista Tippett on his new podcast about our human capacities to be generous, loving, and socially creative, as well as our orientation toward goodness and wholeness.

PRACTICE | The Rise of Relational Design

What if we design conversations, experiences, neighborhoods, organizations, digital platforms, and everything else with relationships in mind?

READ | Better Politics, Smarter Government

Civic education is a backbone of our democracy, yet annual surveys by the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania reveal that Americans are not well informed about our history or government. Organizations like iCivics are addressing this challenge by putting forward bi-partisan solutions that would increase funding for civics education in elementary and secondary schools and higher education institutions.

READ | Can the Word ‘Tump’ Save the South?

This piece is about what the word “tump” means for Alabamians and select Southerners. It is also about the differences that drive us apart and the many beautiful things that we share together.

ENGAGE | 2023 Planning Grant Opportunity from AmeriCorps

AmeriCorps is encouraging bridging and social cohesion organizations to apply for a planning grant to explore how they can benefit from having the added capacity of AmeriCorps members. Learn more through the open Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). Applications are due November 14.