We live in a frenetic, fragmented age. For all our capacity to connect to others, there is disconnection and isolation, a nameless hunger for anchors and integrated living. How to orient life toward wholeness and the good when the tectonics beneath are ever on the move? How do we make sense of our commitments and identities across chasms in culture, class and ideological stripe?
Enter Of Souls & Silos. The writings here are born out of these questions, premised on a hunch that the truest truths are found deep, influenced by temporal contexts but not bound to them. I’m drawn to stories of hope and gritty courage, to places and people that are subverting the status quo. Having spent some of my childhood overseas, with subsequent experiences in worlds both privileged and unprivileged, I’ve developed a conviction that those on the margins of our mainstream often have some wisdom worth revisiting – wisdom rooted in humility, in hospitality, in putting webs of love before pinnacles of success. This isn’t a demographic truth so much as a repeated sensation, one that’s motivated my writing and directed my feet. I hope the narratives here lend you a little respite from the whirl of tweets and caricatures, that you may find a reflectiveness that spurs your own—in your own silo and also beyond it.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Anne Snyder is the Director of The Character Initiative at The Philanthropy Roundtable, a pilot program that seeks to help foundations and business leaders strengthen “the middle ring” of morally formative institutions in the United States. She is also a Fellow at the Center for Opportunity Urbanism, a Houston-based think tank that explores how cities can drive opportunity for the bulk of their citizens. From 2014 to 2017 Anne worked for Laity Lodge and the H.E. Butt Family Foundation in Texas, and before that she worked at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, World Affairs Journal and The New York Times. She holds a Master’s degree in journalism from Georgetown University and a B.A. in philosophy and international relations from Wheaton College (IL). Anne is a Contributing Editor to Comment Magazine, an advisor to Sea Dog Theater and serves as a trustee for the Center for Public Justice as well as the Hyde Park Institute at the University of Chicago. She has published in The Atlantic Monthly, The Washington Post, National Journal, City Journal, Philanthropy Magazine, Orange County Register, Houston Business Journal, The Institute for Family Studies, FaithStreet, Comment Magazine, Verily, Humane Pursuits and FareForward, and is currently working on a book about the most effective character forming institutions alive today.