After almost every presentation activist and writer Mia Birdsong gives to executives, think tanks, and policy makers, one of those leaders quietly confesses how much they long for the profound community she describes. They have family, friends, and colleagues, yet they still feel like they’re standing alone. It seems counterintuitive that living the “good life” can make us feel isolated and unhappy. But in a divided America, we’ve forgotten the key element that helped us make progress in the first place: community. In her new book, Mia Birdsong shows that what separates us isn’t only the ever-present injustices built around race, class, gender, values, and beliefs, but also our denial of our interdependence and need for belonging. Showing up–literally and figuratively–points us toward the promise of our collective vitality.
Register now to join Aspen Ideas: Health on Tuesday, July 28 at 1pm ET to hear Mia Birdsong discuss her new book.