Wonder, with Uncommon

Extraordinary moments with not-quite-strangers, almost an altered state of consciousness. This is Uncommon.

Extraordinary moments with not-quite-strangers, almost an altered state of consciousness. This is Uncommon.

"What if we took all of the accumulated knowledge about how to increase page views and engagement, everything designed to tether us to our screens, and did the opposite?"


Uncommon is an intentionally small and growing group of people who all believe that beautiful connections can be made in surprising ways. I still remember the first moment I had with Uncommon one morning on my phone, finding myself legitimately stunned by the intentionally slow and unfolding narrative that greets you at uncommon.cc: a smart message delivered partly in words but more powerfully in experience. 


Brian Bailey, founder:

Uncommon in an attempt to reimagine online community as a neighborhood, not a network. What I crave is conversation and connection, new perspectives and friendships—to “enlarge the circle of we,” as Peter Singer wrote. I want to make room for what matters and cannot be measured. We're gathering together on the front porch to celebrate favorite things, memorable moments, and all that we have in common.  

His perspective from: 

Community: The Structure of Belonging by Peter Block

This book is packed with insights into the difficult work of cultivating community. It’s messy and uncomfortable at times, but immensely needed and worthwhile. 

The Island Where People Forget to Die by Dan Beuttner

Individual behaviors, from diet to our relationships with our screens, are nearly impossible to change when community behaviors stay the same. Within a healthy, supportive ecosystem, though, the possibilities are endless. We shouldn’t have to swim against the tide. I want to build things where the path of least resistance is full of wonder, not regret.

Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers by Leonard Koren

Profound lessons from Wabi-Sabi, the age-old Japanese aesthetic, on embracing subtlety, equality, modesty, beauty, perspective, incompleteness, and balance. “Beauty can spontaneously occur at any moment given the proper circumstances, context, or point of view. Beauty is thus an altered state of consciousness, an extraordinary moment of poetry and grace.”


Each week we feature one person bringing artistry or beauty into the world through strong inner perspective.
Together with wonder, K