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Yesterday Kevin Purdy at Fast Company wrote a useful piece reminding us of how both face-to-face and virtual networking, when experienced side-by-side can be a really powerful experience: 'Why in-person socialising is a mandatory to do item'. Expanding on Ray Oldenburg's notion of the Third Place, the place that isn't work or home, but a space you carve out for yourself to grow and create with others, Purdy describes his own experience in the guise of a techno-driven 'knitting circle'. A space where like minded people share ideas and knowledge to create new experiences, knowledge and connections.
I think the lesson here is to have a virtual third place - but make sure you have face-to-face one as well. And fill it with smart, creative, technophiles.