Dr. Jonathan Haidt on his new book “The Anxious Generation”

We’re delighted to have had the opportunity to talk with legendary moral psychologist Dr. Jonathan Haidt on his new book “The Anxious Generation: How the Great Rewiring of Childhood is Causing an Epidemic of Mental Illness.” Dr. Haidt will delve into the devastating impact of a phone-based childhood on a generation of our children. After more than a decade of stability or improvement, the mental health of adolescents plunged in the early 2010s.

Rachel Brown: The Roots of Belonging and the Risks of Othering

We can feel the tectonic shifts occurring in our country’s civic life—where the once unthinkable specter of political violence isn’t as unimaginable as it once was, where too many of us think of fellow citizens as direct threats to us, and where what were once durable institutional guardrails simply are not holding.  We’ll be joined by the extraordinary Rachel Brown, the Founder of Over Zero—named in reference to the “zero-sum

God Squad: Ending the Cycle of Mean

Americans are sad and lonely, and we don’t feel like we belong. With depression and “deaths of despair” on the rise, over half of us say that no one knows us well—a truly alarming statistic that doesn’t bode well for our future. As if matters weren’t bad enough, we’re not just sad and alone—we’re becoming more mean to each other, and it’s likely part of the same cycle of pain.

God Squad: Shut Up and (Don’t) Sing?

With our culture wars at a full rolling boil, apparently all it takes to send our enmity over the edge is…a good old-fashioned country song?? The furor over Jason Aldean’s Try That in A Small Town (and then there’s Oliver Anthony’s Rich Men North of Richmond) is reminiscent of the old furor over The Dixie Chicks—only the “sides” have switched up.  As The Village Square aims to build  hometowns where

Dr. Todd Rose: “Collective Illusions”

At the core of the deep societal divisions we navigate every day is an assumption that we share little with “those people” with whom we share a country—a belief that leaves us on dangerous ground as a nation. But author and entrepreneur Dr. Todd Rose says we’ve got that all wrong. According to Dr. Rose, not only do we agree more often than we think but we’re making terrible assumptions

Dr. Robert D. Putnam and Shalyn Romney Garrett: “Join or Die”

This is when you meet a living legend and get the benefit of his thinking on the topic he’s been brilliantly, prophetically right about for more than three decades: the deterioration of our connectedness with each other across almost every demographic and every aspect of our lives—our loss of social capital.  And yet here we are, painfully and tragically paying the price for our failure to put our shoulders to

Dr. Peter Coleman: “The Way Out”

The Village Square Toxic polarization and conflict is exhausting. Whether it’s in your family, at work or in our perpetually acrimonious civic life, it’s like a suitcase full of big ole rocks we lug around while we try to get the usual tasks of life done. Columbia University’s Peter T. Coleman brings us deep wisdom informed by a life in scholarship that leaves us more hopeful about overcoming our divisions

Created Equal: Black Women & the Fight for Equality

The 8th annual Created Equal program offers us an opportunity to really walk a mile in someone’s shoes. Offered in partnership with Leon County Government, it features Black women from all walks of life—academic experts, industry professionals, and community members. The program examines the histories and current realities of Black women in America and the struggles they continue to face in the areas of health, economy, community, and education.

Chris Stirewalt: Broken News

Our very special guest, a  former Fox News political editor, gives us an inside view of the rage-driven political environment we’ve found ourselves plunged into. From Amazon: “Rage revenue-addicted news companies are plagued by shoddy reporting, sensationalism, groupthink, and brain-dead partisan tribalism. Newsrooms rely on emotion-driven blabber to entrance conflict-addled super users.”  We think that just about nails it. Don’t miss this warm, funny professional guided tour.

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