This graphic popped up on my Facebook feed this morning (thanks to @tcgritt) and sparked me to pen this as it resonates perfectly right now. (Bonus is the fluttering that Alan Rickman causing in my heart – whether he truly said this or not.)
I’m currently working on a deeply intriguing and exciting project to present the work of my friend, David Armistead (who worked and dialogued for ten years with Buckminster Fuller), in a wholly unique and engaging way, as part of an integrated and creative effort to sketch out and explain the emerging economy and where we fit within it. We will be doing this via storytelling combined with stunning live performance visuals and music followed by a crowdsourcing game with the audience as participants.
My passion, goal, and absolute belief is that via storytelling by David and participant/audience at these and other events and initiatives, we come to see and realize who we really are as Makers and (David’s term, to be explained further as we go along) “Entrepreneur Community Builders” (ECB), understand how many of us are really out there, and thereby begin to see the bigger picture and realize we’re more powerful than the archaic, crumbling, behemoth we struggle with daily. And to co-create our own solutions/ways forward, flowing around the behemoth (and unfixable) logjam and rebuild “on the other side.”
Many years back (fourteen years ago, to be exact, when it was released – thanks mom for the Christmas present), I was inspired by Paul H. Ray and Sherry Ruth Anderson’s book, The Cultural Creatives: How 50 Million People Are Changing the World, which made the point that, “while Cultural Creatives are a subculture, they lack one critical ingredient in their lives: awareness of themselves as a whole people. We call them the Cultural Creatives precisely because they are already creating a new culture. If they could see how promising this creativity is for all of us, if they could know how large their numbers are, many things might follow. These optimistic, altruistic millions might be willing to speak more frankly in public settings and act more directly in shaping a new way of life for our time and the time ahead. They might lead the way toward an Integral Culture. When we discovered the great promise of this new group, we set out to hold up a mirror for them, so they could see themselves fully.”