Weave: The Social Fabric Initiative
Launched in the spring of 2018, Weave starts with the idea that social fragmentation is the central problem of our time — isolation, alienation and division. Fortunately, all across the country groups and individuals are rebuilding communities and creating social capital. Weave seeks to work with these groups to spur a movement to repair the national fabric. Weave seeks to identify these groups, celebrate them, synthesize the values that move them, and help forge a common identity. As a country, we have always come together and built movements that shift the culture and tackle our common problems: the civil rights movement, feminism, the environmental movement. Now the problem is loss of community, and it’s time to build a movement around that.
In July, Weave was invited to kick off its national listening tour with two prototype dinner dialogues in Washington, DC and Houston, TX. Each dialogue was centered around discussion of a few texts: “The Way It Is” by William Stafford, “Untangling the Net” by Mark Nepo, and “The Low Road” by Marge Piercy. Community Builders, from varying parts of each city, explored what drives them to do their work and what it takes to move from “I” to “We”. Dinner guests enjoyed an evening of exploration, bonding, and spirited conversation.
To learn more about the program, contact Vania Iscandari.