This week in community building — Issue 94

The Signals in the Pandemic

“Digital Platform Experiences During the Pandemic,” explores how people’s experiences on platforms were shaped by the pandemic. It follows up on our previous research which uncovered 14 signals to guide the creation of healthy public digital spaces.

Buddhist Economics: How to Start Prioritizing People Over Products and Creativity Over Consumption

“Work and leisure are complementary parts of the same living process and cannot be separated without destroying the joy of work and the bliss of leisure.”

There’s a Specific Kind of Joy We’ve Been Missing

We find our greatest bliss in moments of collective effervescence. It’s a concept coined in the early 20th century by the pioneering sociologist Émile Durkheim to describe the sense of energy and harmony people feel when they come together in a group around a shared purpose. Collective effervescence is the synchrony you feel when you slide into rhythm with strangers on a dance floor, colleagues in a brainstorming session, cousins at a religious service or teammates on a soccer field. And during this pandemic, it’s been largely absent from our lives.

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