The Commonplace

The Commonplace

The Commonplace #14

This summer, we solicited essay submissions related to the theme of crisis and possibility.  The responses were varied and far-flung, with intergenerational submissions from four continents.  The first essay submission we published, was from a New Jersey high school...

The Commonplace #13

Finding new ways to think, see, and do for the greater good.  That has been a motivating aspiration here at the Social Possibility Lab.  The more we consider examples and ideas in each of these areas, the more we see how thinking, seeing, and doing overlap and...

The Commonplace #12

What does it mean to work for community healing or economic recovery in places still wounded and not yet recovering? We are in the midst of triage with many people still in varying stages of trauma. The American Psychological Association defines trauma as an emotional...

The Commonplace #11

Here at Virginia Tech, we are excited to be able to help our communities, even in small ways during this period of economic recovery.   Our recent award from the Economic Development Administration enables our faculty and graduate students in the Office of Economic...

The Commonplace #10

As some of you know, The Commonplace is a collection of quick hits, links, and thoughts related in some way to our aim, to thinking about social possibility and the work for greater good.  This week I swerve from policy to literature, contemplating resentment and...

The Commonplace #9

Let us consider new stories of ourselves and this moment. Stories of coming together, of seeing new ways to be and do. Even stories from the other side, of the people with which we disagree. We are all shaped by story, afloat in the waters of narrative. Stories have...

The Commonplace #8

This continues to be a year of crisis, of challenge, and of change.   How do our crises suggest new avenues for possibility for our world, and our communities?   One thought:  Our Overton Window may be widening.    The idea behind the Overton window is that on any...

The Commonplace #7

I discovered a new podcast, Everything Happens. Especially relevant for days of difficulty, the episodes feature people who have learned from dark times. The host is Karen Bowler, a Duke professor of religion, a writer and mother who herself experienced the difficulty...

The Commonplace #6

I find sympathy with calls for re-assessing the way we do policing in this country and in our communities.  But I began wondering what alternatives exist and whether some of these are even practical or feasible.  I caught myself mid-thought.    Feasibility and...

The Commonplace #5

We sometimes doubt the value of our own work and works.  I include all of you readers who have found or followed our work here at Social Possibility Lab, since so many of us are in the midst of pausing, reconsidering, and re-engaging.  We who try so much to do good,...

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The Commonplace #14

This summer, we solicited essay submissions related to the theme of crisis and possibility.  The responses were varied and far-flung, with intergenerational submissions from four continents.  The first essay submission we published, was from a New Jersey high school...

The Commonplace #13

Finding new ways to think, see, and do for the greater good.  That has been a motivating aspiration here at the Social Possibility Lab.  The more we consider examples and ideas in each of these areas, the more we see how thinking, seeing, and doing overlap and...

The Commonplace #12

What does it mean to work for community healing or economic recovery in places still wounded and not yet recovering? We are in the midst of triage with many people still in varying stages of trauma. The American Psychological Association defines trauma as an emotional...

The Commonplace #11

Here at Virginia Tech, we are excited to be able to help our communities, even in small ways during this period of economic recovery.   Our recent award from the Economic Development Administration enables our faculty and graduate students in the Office of Economic...

The Commonplace #10

As some of you know, The Commonplace is a collection of quick hits, links, and thoughts related in some way to our aim, to thinking about social possibility and the work for greater good.  This week I swerve from policy to literature, contemplating resentment and...

The Commonplace #9

Let us consider new stories of ourselves and this moment. Stories of coming together, of seeing new ways to be and do. Even stories from the other side, of the people with which we disagree. We are all shaped by story, afloat in the waters of narrative. Stories have...

The Commonplace #8

This continues to be a year of crisis, of challenge, and of change.   How do our crises suggest new avenues for possibility for our world, and our communities?   One thought:  Our Overton Window may be widening.    The idea behind the Overton window is that on any...

The Commonplace #7

I discovered a new podcast, Everything Happens. Especially relevant for days of difficulty, the episodes feature people who have learned from dark times. The host is Karen Bowler, a Duke professor of religion, a writer and mother who herself experienced the difficulty...

The Commonplace #6

I find sympathy with calls for re-assessing the way we do policing in this country and in our communities.  But I began wondering what alternatives exist and whether some of these are even practical or feasible.  I caught myself mid-thought.    Feasibility and...

The Commonplace #5

We sometimes doubt the value of our own work and works.  I include all of you readers who have found or followed our work here at Social Possibility Lab, since so many of us are in the midst of pausing, reconsidering, and re-engaging.  We who try so much to do good,...

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