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 this wheel when it was (almost eerily) knowable when Dr. Robert Putnam first articulated the societal trend in his iconic book Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of America Community, he’ll be joined by Shaylyn Romney Garrett, his co-author on The Upswing: How America Came Together A Century Ago and How We Can Do It Again. This is a must-listen conversation if you care about the fate of American democracy.

This program is part of the multi-year series presented by Florida Humanities in partnership with The Village Square: “UNUM: Democracy Reignited.” The series explores the past, present and future of the American idea — as it exists on paper, in the hearts of our people, and as it manifests in our lives.  Find the full series online here.