Episode #70: IMPORTANCE OF WEAVERS
The “what” is easy. Craftwork is a specialty coffee shop and vibrant membership-based workspace with locations in Fort Worth (Foundry, Camp Bowie, Magnolia) and Austin (Domain). We serve craft coffee and are a connected coworking space. But you knew that already. Our “why” is our heart – we desire to create spaces and places where our members and customers experience connection and community.
We hope this finds you well.
Author and NY Times columnist David Brooks was lonely. Brooks described loneliness like a burning in his stomach. He said it felt a little like drunkenness — fluidity with a lack of solidity. Like many in our culture, Brooks turned to work during this time, often working long hours in an empty apartment. The most painful part was the realization that the emptiness in his apartment was reflective of the emptiness in himself. He was in the valley of disconnection and detachment. He also realized that he was not the only one.
Did you know that 35% of Americans over 45 are chronically lonely? Only 8% of Americans report having meaningful conversation with their neighbors. Only 32% of Americans say they trust their neighbors (and only 18% of Millennials say they trust their neighbors).
Brooks realized he and others had believed things that are not true. One of the things he believed was the lie of self-sufficiency. In his journey out of the valley of detachment, he saw that the happiest people lost self-sufficiency. He saw that the people who gave up social freedom for the sake of others were the happiest and most fulfilled people. In doing so, they also helped weave a fragile social fabric. So, Brooks started a movement called Weave: The Social Fabric Project to highlight these people so we might learn from and replicate their lives.
Brooks defines “Weavers” as people who are quietly working to end loneliness and isolation and weave inclusive communities. These people are shifting our culture from hyper-individualism that is all about personal success, to relationalism that puts relationships at the center of our lives. We are lucky to know and learn from many “Weavers” in our community from The Net who addresses poverty by creating dignity-restoring relationships, to M2G’s mental health initiative that aims to shine a light on mental health, to the many other individuals and organizations working as Weavers. When we follow their example, a part of ourselves gets healed and a part of our social fabric gets repaired.
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