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The Power of Strangers in Taprooms

In his book, The Power of Strangers, Joe Keohane sets out on a journey to discover what happens when we bridge the distance between us and people we don’t know. He learns that while we’re wired to sometimes fear, distrust, and even hate strangers, people and societies that have learned to connect with strangers benefit immensely.

In this conversation, we will speak with Joe about the importance of strangers, relationships, and how you can build a community at your brewery.

Joe Keohane is the author of The Power of Strangers: The Benefits of Connecting in a Suspicious World–which was somehow called “possibly life-changing” by both Kirkus Reviews and bestselling author Kurt Andersen. He’s also the coauthor of The Lemon, one of the most anticipated novels of 2023, which prompted Bob Odenkirk to comment, “I loved it.” Keohane is a veteran journalist who has worked as an editor at Medium, Esquire, Entrepreneur, and Hemispheres. His writing—on everything from politics, to travel, to social science, business, and technology—has appeared in New York magazine, The Boston Globe, The New Yorker, Wired, Boston magazine, and The New Republic. He is currently at work adapting The Lemon for television, and lives in New York with his family.