What is 100 Thousand Poets for Change?
100 Thousand Poets for Change, or 100 TPC, is an international grassroots educational organization focusing on all of the arts, especially poetry. Founded in March of 2011 by Michael Rothenberg and Terri Carrion, 100 TPC centers around a worldwide event held in September. After the first massive global event on September 24th, 2011 it became clear that in order to organize a successful event for 2012 financial assistance would be needed.
Help fund our 100TPC Headquarters Event on Sept. 29th, 2012!
For September 29th, 2012, Michael and Terri are organizing a 100 TPC Headquarters Event in San Francisco (or in another city to be determined as we get closer to the event date), which will be the centerpiece for what will be happening worldwide.
They will host and manage, at a venue TBA, a 100 TPC Live Stream Space where the general public will gather to watch poetry readings and interact with other 100 TPC events as they happen all over the planet! They will also broadcast events from places like Australia, Malaysia and China where September 29th is actually September 28th in the US.
At the local level, poets, musicians and other artists will be invited to perform and display their art for 100 TPC Headquarters Event continuous live stream broadcast sent out to the rest of the world!
For $250 you will get a postcard size original pen & ink study of a character for the 100 TPC painting by Jim Spitzer!
There will be live Skype sessions with poet organizers from around the world, as well as interviews and conversations with participants and audiences.
Michael and Terri's event will connect diverse cultures and populations, helping poets and artists of all kinds share their artistic visions, their unique work, and their passions for a better world through poetry and art.
Michael and Terri will be working tirelessly all day and night on September 29th, on site, and online monitoring hundreds of livestream sessions at the 100TPC Webstream Hub, which is used for connecting and documenting livestream activity around the world.
Making this Headquarters Event a reality will require quite a few things that cost money, which is why Michael and Terri need your help!
"What kind of things?" you might ask...
Well, expenses for things like tech support for the live streams, sound support, and equipment like computers and monitors to broadcast simultaneous events, as well as fees for online publication, web hosting & design and overall promotional expenses for the worldwide event, such as the creation of press releases, people to help with mailings, and other marketing costs. Phew!
BTW...Stanford University Libraries has volunteered to archive all the multi-media documentation produced on September 29th, as well as the complete 100TPC.org website content as a part of its LOCKSS program, so assistance will be needed after the event to prepare all these wonderful new materials for the historical archive at Stanford!
A $35 donation gets you your own little piece of history!Goofbook, for Jack Kerouac, by San Francisco poet, Philip Whalen.
How Does the 100 Thousand Poets for Change Global Event Work?
That is a very good question. Basically, change within the framework of peace and sustainability is the guiding principle for this beautiful global event. Diverse communities around the world, through simultaneous events, can come together to voice their concerns and work on solutions.
Organizers focus on an issue that is of great importance to their community and then organize an event that uses poetry, film, music, visual art, dance, or any combination of the arts, to bring attention to their concerns. The focus can be on global warming, racism, war, poverty, crime, literacy, or hunger.
False Creek East beach cleanup, 100 TPC Vancouver, BC
Poets historically have been called the “unacknowledged legislators” of the world and poems have often spread the real news. Right now, poets worldwide are picking up the mantle and organizing to spread the news that matters most to them.
Michael and Terri were in awe of the events that occurred worldwide on September 24th, 2011. Local and independent news media and larger outlets such as The Huffington Post really helped to spread the word. Bob Holman and Margery Snyder, in an article on About.com said, “…the beauty of the concept of 100 Thousand Poets for Change is that it is completely decentralized and completely inclusive.”
Over 650 events in 95 countries took place for 100 TPC 2011. There were events in India, Italy, Jamaica, Hungary, Mongolia, Cuba, Iran and Afghanistan, and in over 300 American cities. In Mexico there were over 30 events, with over 18 poetic actions in Mexico City, where poets as well as environmental and political activists hoped to encourage reflection and creative responses against systemic violence through the written and the spoken word with day long street events, readings and workshops.
"Poetry Route - Against Violence" through Avenida Madero, a major pedestrian street in downtown Mexico City.
In Mumbai, India there was a multilingual poetry reading hosted by the Culture Beat and Mumbai Press Club, which included music, and participation by poets writing in English, as well as Marathi, Gujarati, Malayalam, Sindhi and other Indian languages.
Legendary Beat poet Michael McClure, as well as 15 other international poets, read at a 100TPC event in Venice, Italy.
2,000 people showed up in Budapest from all over Hungary gathering for the first time for the largest single poetry reading ever in that country.
In Volos, Greece, there were 4 days of poetry readings and music concerts, culminating in a day-long event on the city’s promenade were images were projected on a screen by the main stage with messages against financial corruption and oppression in the world.
Poetry and peace gatherings took place in strife-torn Kabul and Jalalabad, Afghanistan and in political hotspots such as Cairo and Alexandria, Egypt, and Madison, Wisconsin.
And the list goes on, and on...
Please help fund Michael and Terri's 100 TPC Headquarters Event on Sept. 29th, 2012. Please make a donation now and help to sustain the momentum for 100 Thousand Poets for Change, 2012.
Co-Founder Michael Rothenberg is a widely known poet, editor of the online literary magazine Bigbridge.org and an environmental activist based in Northern California.
Co-Founder Terri Carrion is a poet, photographer and visual designer for BigBridge.org.
Contact: Michael Rothenberg
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