Hello friends,I am focused on helping introduce collaborative group conversations in the context of cities (or towns): their governmental departments along with their neighborhood associations and…Continue
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Started this conversation. Last reply by Robb Kushner Jun 20, 2013.
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That may be one reason I felt drawn to France... among others!
For the French, high on the list of criteria for a "nice restaurant" will be the ambiance, the climate, how it feels to be there. And I find that more and more true in the States, not just "good quick service".
Never been to Paris?... You must come visit! Full of vibrant public spaces ... and other wonders.
Then Paris is FULL of vibrant public spaces! Almost every sidewalk café is a place as you describe: where people just hang out to relate and exchange and watch life go by. Could almost say they are the French version of Starbucks, but without wireless which is why starbucks has been so successful here. Conversation is a favorite past time here; people will redesign the world till the wee hours of the morning! Maybe that's why world café is such a well received methodology.
OK... and in Boston?
Quincy Market? Fenway Park?...
The former mayor of Providence has made downtown which used to be a place you'd want to avoid really vibrant. Summer water festivities with fire on the river, it's amazing what he's done...
BTW, there are others in the Jersey area. I followed your initiative and put myself on the map ... but will have to have a word with the map administrator... You can only put yourself in ONE PLACE on the map ... and I have 2 "homes" (as many of us do today). There are now 1960 members (you're the 1960th!) and many are not on the map. But it does give a nice idea of the growing mushroom...
What is your idea of a "vibrant public space"? I love the concept!
Let me doubly welcome you, Robb, having read your blog! You are among like-thinkers here. It's so beautiful to see the mushroom growing and people who care finding each other... What you wrote truly resonates for me. Welcome to a forum of meaningful conversations, I hope to connect with you in them.
Welcome to the Art of Hosting community, Robb! Glad to see you among us. Please post a photo when you can so we can really "see" you here. Then join in with all the conversations. You'll find plenty of resources here, too, to help you deepen your practice. And the more you add to your profile, the more the community can learn from you and share with you. I look forward to exchanges with you!