heard an NPR radio program, The Importance Of 'Consequential Strangers', with the author of this book, Consequential Strangers - the power of people who don't seem to matter but really do. I'm always interested to hear something about social interactivity and culture norms. This discussion talked about the way we may not listen to a friend's advice, yet take to heart advice from a stranger. Or the effect a small bit of encouragement from a stranger may have on us --
Even considering the new world of social networking online and how we may connect with some total stranger and through common interests develop a relationship. And what is that relationship, friendship? aquaintance? consequential stranger? I began to think of those conversations and dialogue I've had just putting up this blog, and how that affects my ideas and/or opinions of myself. anyway, culture has definitely changed with the opportunity to communicate with strangers online so easily, or even the abilitiy to keep up with people we meet by connecting online continuously regardless of where we live. Should be cool to see where all this goes or how culture norms in the future are changed.
I also enjoyed the discussion of the micro communities that exist between the people you see every day, same bus crowd, or coffee shop crowd, or the same workers at the sandwich shop you see daily. the pleasure of "getting to know" someone although they are never more than that same stranger you see every day, maybe speak to, maybe wave hi....
So, do YOU value the consequential strangers in your life?