Recommended reading

How we are coming together 

How we gather America is changing. Millennials are less religiously affiliated than ever before. Churches are just one of many institutional casualties of the internet age in which young people are both more globally connected and more locally isolated than ever before. And yet – against this bleak backdrop, a hopeful landscape is emerging. Millennials are flocking to a host of new organizations that deepen community in ways that are powerful, surprising, and perhaps even religious. After two years of noticing this happen, Angie Thurston and Casper ter Kuile decided to share their findings in order to start a conversation.

HOW MILLENNIALS ARE COMING TOGETHER (National Geographic)

Digital addiction: we are alone together 

Welcome to the app-i-fication of friendship (The Outline)

Rekindling Human Contact in the Digital Age (NY Times)

How Smartphones Hijack Our Minds (WSJ)

Have smartphones destroyed a generation (The Atlantic)

The art of thinking well (NY Times)

Connected, but alone (Ted Talk with Sherry Turkle)

Irresistible (Ted Talk by Adam Alter)

Face to face conversations

People tend to overestimate the power of their persuasiveness via text-based communication, and underestimate the power of their persuasiveness via face-to-face communication. (HBR)

Reclaiming Conversations by Sherry Turckle

Dinners

The question you ask yourself is, what can solo dining tell us about the way of life we lead?

 

Irresistible. The rise of addictive technology and the business of keeping us hooked by Adam Alter

How to host conversations

Autobiography by Benjamin Franklin (free download). Writes about why he set up Junto (his version of Council) and how he built his habits.

Important conversations to have

”The book of Joy – lasting happiness in a changing world” Conversations between Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu by Douglas Abrams.

The power of introverts

There is more that unites us than separates us