“Though a radically different kind of setting for a home, the third place is remarkably similar to a good home in the psychological comfort and support that it extends...They are the heart of a community's social vitality, the grassroots of democracy, but sadly, they constitute a diminishing aspect of the American social landscape.”

–Ray Oldenburg

Our building remains closed, but our gatherings will continue remotely! 
We are thrilled to announce our first virtual Third Space community event! We hope that you will join us on Wednesday, April 15 at 6pm for Third Space Game Night and Happy Hour. You'll need a computer and a smartphone. We can’t wait to see your faces! Join the virtual game night by clicking this link at game time! 
The Third Space Three-Line Story

Today’s story takes its inspiration from the importance of third places, now and always. Read all the three-line stories on our Instagram account @thethirdspacecoop

We would love to hear your three-line stories on Third Space values like inclusion, empowerment, diversity, and community! Prose, haiku, just make it you! Email your stories to contact@thethirdspacecoop.com for the chance to be included in The Third Space’s weekly newsletter and our Instagram feed.
Get to know The Third Space!

The Third Space was created to fill the need for more “third places” in modern life. Sociologist Ray Oldenburg coined the term to describe the areas where people spend time outside of the “first place” of home and the “second place” of work. Third places, which include cafes, pubs and coworking/community spaces (like The Third Space) provide a positive environment in which to share ideas, make new friends, and have fun.  

Third places are special in that they are often equitable in ways that first and second places are not. At many third places, individuals are treated as equals regardless of their income, gender or background. Third places cultivate diversity and understanding by building relationships among people who might not have the chance to interact in their first and second place lives. This has always been our goal for The Third Space. 

Unfortunately, third places are becoming more and more rare. This lack of a place where we can relax, where “everybody knows your name and they’re always glad you came,” as they say on Cheers, contributes to a sense of isolation. We are feeling more and more lonely, not only during this outbreak, but all the time. At The Third Space, we believe that fighting to increase access to third places is essential for our individual and societal wellbeing. 

The COVID-19 outbreak is hurting certain sectors of society far more than others. Access to third places that promote equity is all the more important as a result. For now, that access may be remote, but we hope that third place advocates will help ensure the continuation of welcoming places for people to gather in-person once the pandemic is over. 
Your donations help us continue to provide free community-building events, whether in-person or online, as well as keep our coworking memberships free. If you would like to support The Third Space in its mission to revitalize third place life, please consider making a donation today via Cash App ($thethirdspace) or Venmo (@thethirdspacecoop). We greatly appreciate your support. We could not build this third place community without you! 
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