I Am Alex Coccia

I Am Alex Coccia

SEPTEMBER 26TH, 1991

Alex Coccia

SCHOLAR

Alex Coccia

SCHOLAR


How would you describe yourself in 60 words?

I try to be an advocate for economic and social justice; a connector of people with similar values; a listener; and a good friend. I think deeply about anti-poverty policy in the United States, and about the future of the political Left. I believe that stories and storytelling are fundamental to these two issues.


What do people not realize about you until they’ve known you for a while?

I can come off as quite serious, but I can be very silly.


What is an unusual habit or an absurd thing that you love?

It is almost too perfect to say that the absurd thing I love is reflections on “the absurd” by Albert Camus.


What new belief, behavior, or habit has most improved your life?

I have been focusing on practicing different forms of communication, including directness. Also, I love cooking.


Are there any quotes you think of often or live your life by?

The single greatest problem with communication is the illusion that it’s happened.

— George Bernard Shaw


What is the book you’ve given most as a gift, and why?

“Lyrical and Critical Essays,” by Albert Camus. This book contains beautiful prose, philosophical complexity, and a compelling case for balancing the pursuit of justice with the celebration of joy.


What purchase of $100 or less has most positively impacted your life?

Mattress pad.


What about the Junto excites you most?

The single greatest problem with communication is the illusion that it’s happened. George Bernard Shaw.

If any of my answers resonated, I’d love to hear from you. You can shoot me a note here.

Alex Coccia

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