We’re living in a moment of deep and compounding crises. It is a time when people across the globe are sharing the same uncertainty, fear and pain. In a very divided US, the restrictions on social life have helped people see and value our human connections and interdependence. We must not lose that feeling.
Like other important times in our history, we’re seeing our society in greater detail and under more pressing scrutiny than ever before. The cracks that existed for decades in our healthcare system, economy and social fabric are now being laid bare.
#WeavingCommunity responds to this moment of crisis by inviting honest conversation, authentic human connection and meaningful civic action. It strives to turn this moment of shared pain into a moment of shared possibility.
Seeing the cracks clearly can create the space for the light to come in – and that can give us what we need most in this time: healing and hope. The campaign’s goal is to ensure that we do not go back to the divided, self-centered and lonely culture that has given us rising deaths of despair, gridlocked politics and hateful rhetoric and deeds. The goal is to ensure the pandemic drives us together, rather than apart.
The initiative is called #WeavingCommunity because community doesn’t just happen. We only feel part of a community when we have a shared story or identity. That link might be as simple as sharing a place, with its streets, parks and stores, or it might be sharing a history, a culture, values, dreams or experiences. For a community to feel like home, we have to build relationships and work together.
We use “weaving” as an image of how individual people, like threads, come together to create a strong fabric that connects and sustains us all. We took the term from author and columnist David Brooks, who often writes about Weavers - people creating deep relationships in their communities.
Listen First Project | National Conversation Project (powered by 300 organizations) and the Aspen Institute’s Weave Project launched #WeavingCommunity - a social and community campaign to ensure we learn the lessons from this pandemic, use this time to heal our divisions and create the firm footing of connection that will allow our nation and democracy to thrive after the crisis.
We are grateful to the many partners responding in service to our neighbors and nation.
Please join us on this journey and begin #WeavingCommunity where you are.
To learn more, contact Pearce@Weaving.Us. Media contact: 828-773-2586.
Listen First Project | National Conversation Project
Listen First Project, founded in 2013, aims to mend our frayed social fabric by building relationships and bridging divides. LFP leads a collaborative social movement powered by 300 partner organizations in the #ListenFirst Coalition and thousands of individuals, businesses, schools and cultural influencers around the world. The Coalition offers inspiration, opportunities, and skills for courageous conversations that invite people to “listen first” to understand.
LFP created the National Conversation Project with its partners in 2018 to promote an annual National Week of Conversation, #ListenFirst Fridays and Rapid Response conversations on major issues.
Weave: The Social Fabric Project at The Aspen Institute
Weave: The Social Fabric Project was started by columnist David Brooks and the Aspen Institute in May of 2018 to counter a culture of hyper-individualism in the US that has left Americans divided, isolated and unhappy. This crisis of connection has led to rising deaths of despair persistent inequality and discrimination, and gridlocked politics. Weave sees cultural change starting within neighborhoods and led by people who are weaving a strong social fabric by investing in relationships, making commitments to others and creating connection.
The Weave project learns from these Weavers, connects and supports them, shares their stories and works with many partners to inspire Americans to join their ranks and adopt a more connected, relational way of living.
- Pearce Godwin, Listen First Project | National Conversation Project
- Michael Skoler, Weave: The Social Fabric Project
- Jen Bailey, Faith Matters Network
- Graham Bodie, Listen First Project | National Conversation Project
- Matt Byrne, Listen First Project | National Conversation Project
- Sam Cherry, Aspen Institute
- Jaclyn Clark, Listen First Project | National Conversation Project
- Shannon Fischer, Listen First Project | National Conversation Project
- Kristin Hansen, Civic Health Project
- Cheryl Hughes, Weave: The Social Fabric Project
- Willis Johnson, Living Tree Church
- Debilyn Molineaux, Bridge Alliance
- Samantha Shireman, AllSides
- Bruce Bond, Common Ground Committee
- David Brooks, Weave: The Social Fabric Project
- Kara Dillard, National Issues Forums
- Lennon Flowers, The People's Supper
- John Gable, AllSides
- Mary Gaylord, Living Room Conversations
- Cheryl Graeve, National Institute for Civil Discourse
- Sandy Heierbacher, National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation
- Liz Joyner, Village Square
- Fred Riley, Weave: The Social Fabric Project
- Our relationships make us strong
- Every person has a role to play and matters
- We need each other to survive and thrive
- What we share is more important than how we differ
- Community is a gift we give to ourselves and others