- Book: The Great Good Place: Cafes, Coffee Shops, Bookstores, Bars, Hair Salons, and Other Hangouts at the Heart of a Community – Ray Oldenburg … the book that started it all, and his sequel: Celebrating the Third Place.
- Book: Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community – by Robert D. Putnam.
- Article: Wikipedia description of The Third Place.
- Opinion: Every Community Deserves a Third Place – Ray Oldenburg – NY Times Op Ed piece. Note his reference to Ron Sher and Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park near Seattle. I visited there many years ago, and it’s since blossomed across multiple locations.
- McDonald’s: you can sneer, but it’s the glue that holds communities together – The Guardian.
- Article: Third Places as Community Builders – Brookings Institution.
- Article: Starbucks, “The Third Place”, and Creating the Ultimate Customer Experience – Fast Company.
- Article: Seeking a Third Place online – Wall Street Journal.
- Podcast: AoC Toolbox | Your Third Place (Episode 403).
Unlike first places (typically one’s home), or second places (school, work, for example), a Third Place is akin to the Boston Bean House in Maynard, MA, where we meet for our discussions. It’s neutral, inviting, relaxed, has a mix of regulars/newbies, and on and on. You’d recognize such places immediately once you begin to look at Third Places through the lens of some of the people highlighted below.