The Great Good Place: Cafés, Coffee Shops, Bookstores, Bars, Hair Salons, and Other Hangouts at the Heart of a Community

by Ray Oldenburg

Paper Book, 1999




New York : [Berkeley, Calif.] : Marlowe, 1999.

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LibraryThing member paulsignorelli
Few books have had greater influence on the way we perceive communities, community-building, and collaboration than Ray Oldenburg's "The Great Good Place." The terms he introduces have become part of our lexicon: the first place (home), the second place (work), and the third place--the great good place, which is where we meet, socialize, share ideas with, and learn from friends and acquaintances who become part of our personal and extended community. In the first part of his book, Oldenburg describes the history of the third place in America, explores the character of third places, and outlines the "personal benefits" and "greater good" resulting from nurturing and sustaining third places--a tremendous antidote to cynics who claim there no longer is a commitment to the idea of public goods. "My interest in those happy gathering places that a community may contain, those 'homes away from home' where unrelated people relate, is almost as old as I am," Oldenburg writes at the beginning of his book (p. ix), and his obvious love and admiration for and commitment to those places serves as inspiration for anyone trying to justify a commitment to community and collaboration.… (more)
LibraryThing member libheroine
Great read for library professionals.



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