'The Paradox of Connection'—A C4C Quarterly-Event Audio Album

 Moe Carrick leads discussion during  "The Paradox of Connection."  About 40 area residents participated in the Nov. 15 event, which featured a  "Soup & Civility"  community meal followed by Moe's keynote address and audience-participation activities.  C4C  would like to offer a heartfelt "thank you" to Moe and all who attended this engaging quarterly session. Stay tuned for our next session!

Moe Carrick leads discussion during "The Paradox of Connection." About 40 area residents participated in the Nov. 15 event, which featured a "Soup & Civility" community meal followed by Moe's keynote address and audience-participation activities. C4C would like to offer a heartfelt "thank you" to Moe and all who attended this engaging quarterly session. Stay tuned for our next session!

What happens to our conversations And Our Community when we rethink our definition of courage?...

...When we purpose ourselves to be more curious and see the world through others' eyes? ...And when we challenge ourselves to "go first"—to show up and take small leaps of faith as we engage? Well, we might just open the floodgates for more authentic connection; and we could get more really amazing things done as a community, says Moe Carrick, the keynote speaker for C4C's most recent quarterly session.

Connection and being in community are hardwired human needs, Moe noted. But many fall into the trap of "over-sharing" or relying on digital outlets for connection "quick fixes." These "fast-tracking" remedies might offer an immediate rush, but they can't quell our innate fear of disconnection, she said. Left unanswered, this fear can lead to myriad uncivil behaviors, which then lead to further disconnection. And so the cycle continues.

During her Nov. 15 C4C program, "The Paradox of Connection," Moe encouraged us to bring a more genuine, imperfect and vulnerable version of ourselves to conversations (instead the no fears, no worries idealized versions we typically feel more comfortable projecting—especially in social media).

Moe's 90-minute program teemed with thought-provoking insights and suggestions on how to build trust, connection and community. So, below, we're offering an audio album of "The Paradox of Connection," featuring several quick but powerful—and often humorous—excerpts from her talk. Enjoy! [To find out more about Moe, whose accolades include being named Bend Chamber's Woman of the Year, see our News Page here.]

[NOTE: To hear or download these excerpts individually, click on each excerpt on this page. If you'd like to hear the about 20-minute album of excerpts as a continuous stream, CLICK HERE.]