Forum to deal with isolation and society



How do people connect in an age of isolation? How do we respond to the violence that seems to stem from people’s feelings of isolation and despair?

Maybe by turning out for “Vancouver Speaks, a Community Conversation,” set for 5 p.m. Jan. 13, at Latte Da Coffeehouse, 205 E. 39th St.

It’s the latest forum organized by Kevin Hiebert, a community builder who works for Winter Hospitality Overflow, a seasonal response to homelessness, and has launched Resonate NW, his own consulting business. Hiebert said he means to hold regular conversations on important issues at Latte Da — until the venue can’t hold the crowds anymore.

“I think as a society we have lost the art of conversation,” he said. “There are very few public spaces where we can have a deep dialogue. The best conversations we have are in our living rooms, sitting across from people. I’m really trying to model that. What are some deep questions we can talk about?”

January’s topic is isolation and society. Our electronic world offers more ways to connect than ever before — so why do we feel so isolated from one another? Is that sense of isolation driving the random violence that shocks us?

All are welcome. The event is free, but Hiebert asks participants to support host Latte Da through a drink purchase— and to RSVP at Resonate. Contact Hiebert at or 360-904-5150.