Join us for a conversation between Library Director Diane Kresh and author David Brooks about building connections in our communities and weaving a rich social fabric. David Brooks founded the Aspen Institute's Weave Project to promote social norms that value relationships and community over striving just for yourself

What is Weaving?

Weaving is a way of life and a state of mind, not a set of actions. It’s about the spirit of caring you bring to each interaction with someone else. It’s a willingness to be open and loving, whether you get anything in return. As humans, we long for honest, deep connection. Weavers make the effort to build those connections and make others feel valued.

  • A weaver views their community as home and tries to make it loving and welcoming
  • A weaver treats neighbors as family regardless of outward differences
  • A weaver finds meaning and joy in connection and caring for others

Diane and David will be joined by some of Arlington's Weavers, who are quietly creating connection, inspiring hope and leading with love. 

About the author

David Brooks is an op-ed columnist for The New York Times, since 2003, and the executive director of Weave: The Social Fabric Project at the Aspen Institute. Brooks also teaches at Yale University. In April, he came out with his latest book, The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Life. He is also the author of Bobos In Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got ThereThe Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement, and No. 1 New York Times best-seller The Road to Character. Brooks is a commentator on “The PBS Newshour,” NPR’s “All Things Considered,” and NBC’s “Meet the Press."

About the Arlington Weavers

  • Bayou Bakery is a popular gathering spot in the Arlington community, where owner David Guas is a regular presence.  Guas serves on the Board of Best Buddies of Virginia.  He has been doing extensive work feeding local kids during the pandemic in partnership with Real Food for Kids.
  • Diane Cohen, a life and career coach, read about the concept of laughter yoga in a book.  After completing a laughter yoga certification course, she began leading laughter yoga classes for groups as diverse as cancer patients to senior groups to private corporations to free classes at the library.  So why are people coming together for laughter yoga?   The benefits range from stress reduction to boosting your immune system.
  • As a member of the Black Parents of Arlington, Sherrice Kerns has been instrumental in convening neighbors, teachers, school officials, and Community partners to hold community conversations and trainings to address disparities in Arlington based on race.

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Thursday, October 29, 2020
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Events for Adults and Grade 6+ Only Events for High Schoolers Good for Adults Age 55+ Good for Caregivers of Adults Good for Families Good for Parents
Author Talk
Arlington Public Library

Registration is required. There are 126 seats available.

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