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The poverty of isolation

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The poverty of isolation

Tyler Thigpen

Pumped to have been published in the Atlanta Journal Constitution earlier this week. I have a number of folks to thank for my thinking on the subject of social capital and mentoring, including Michael Figueroa, Daniela Lewy, Mark Moore, Paul Reville, Sarah Hemminger of Thread, and Brad Bryant.

Here's an excerpt of the piece (below). You can read the full post here.

One evening, not long ago, I was waiting at the bus stop outside a grocery store near our home, when I heard the woman standing next to me yelling into her phone. She was clearly angry, upset and stressed out. I didn’t know her, so I’ll call her Mary. It probably wasn’t my business, but I couldn’t help but overhear...