Conversation is the main focus of a third place. People come together for small talk, or to discuss the issues of the day, talk about their community, vent about jobs, or just get to know one another. A third place is more important in today’s culture than ever because the modern American home has effectively become a place of social isolation. Even with phone, email, and social media at one’s fingertips, on a basic human level, there is still a disconnect from a broader community. Which leads to feeling isolated and has proven to decrease empathy for one’s fellow humans. A third place restores that connection and puts you in touch with people of different backgrounds, which is an important part of growth for every human being.
In this way, TRC is fulfilling a very important societal need that makes way for a healthy, functioning community. Paradoxically, at this point in history people seem to be more connected than ever due to the internet and social media, yet feel less connected and more isolated. We can no longer afford not to foster real life connection, empathy, and belonging. This is the vision of The Renewal Center.