When in Charleston, pre-covid, Sarah Turquety, with a simple exercise in social awareness, transformed a disparate group of individualists into a cluster of community strong neighbors. Her poetry speaks of solidarity, militancy, family, nature. Her voice is spiced with a ray of sun. She is young and French, an artist living in a region of villages with 200 to 2000 inhabitants, in SW FranceRead More
In the original version of the conNECKtedTOO mission statement, there is a sentence which raises questions: “For us collaboration means shared ownership and autonomy not consensus.” This is my reply, an opportunity to open a dialogue. The issue is the relationship of shared ownership with autonomy, as compared to consensus. Here, autonomy is a state […]Read More
I once had a friend who objected to Black Americans calling themselves “a minority” because he believed the words played on our minds in a way that led us to believe Blacks were statistically outnumbered the whole world over. “People of color are the majority of the global population,” he used to say. He was correct.Read More
ART & CULTURE IN/WITH COMMUNITY is an outgrowth of the place where it exists.
The conNECKtedTOO team of artists, activists, youth and educators looks like the communities it works with: inter-generational, inter-disciplinary and interracial. The “Collective” model, where members are autonomous, reflects both the identity of causes and the free choice of the means to attain them, as found in any livable social group.Read More
A light-hearted lyricist wrote that “Love and marriage/Go together like a horse and carriage.” So (too) do songs, jingles and social activism. Protest songs can inspire commitment with a powerful line, or a clever turn-of-phrase. The transformational message is accompanied by the melodic music.Read More
Entrepreneurship is an aspiration. Typically the desire to accomplish a dream, a defining way to establish identity. If you are affected with a case of entrepreneurship, don’t run to the bank first. The banker will only apply a coat of cold cash on a mind caught in short cycles of enthusiasm and depression. What is needed is a lot of smart work deciphering the origins, the reasons for so much fidgeting. And then designing plans to end the madness, to accomplish the dream, to blossom.Read More