In this Profile:
* Tour Agenda Video
* Producers Pass
* The Collective Liberation Tour
* Why South Africa?
* Tentative Schedule
* How your contribution will be used
* The Exciting Possibilities of Working in the Narrative Space
* The Connection Between Narrative and Values
Tour Agenda Video
If you are wondering what we are going to be doing on the tour, watch and read the message from tour co-=producer, Ricardo Gressel: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/meliaspapa/collective-liberation-listening-tour/posts/45941. Producer's Pass
All contributions of $50 or more through Kickstarter have the option of a Producer's Pass. The Producer's Pass is behind the scenes look at the tour for change agents, edutainers, and social entrepreneurs who want to use the power of story moe deeply in their work.
Below is what you will get for January - April 2011. We will announce more benefits after the first fo the year when the price goes up.
1. Access to footage of how CLLT was formed, how it was executed and what the future holds (including a sneak preview and opportunity for them to get involved (early) for a very small fee.
2. Final cut DVD of the Tour with music, unpublished stories and bloopers
3. Optional recognition on the tour website as a Change Agent
If we are going to successfully make the transition to a more healthy relationship with the natural world and each other, we are going to need a new story - a transformative narrative that provides an inspiring and viable alternative to the status quo. People need to be able to see themselves and their role going forward in the narrative. See the examples below.
The aim of this project is to build the foundation for a crowd sourcing initiative that will ultimately map the narrative space. An open "narrative database" will enable communities across the world to see where narratives are aligned and where they conflict. Understanding this creates new possibilities for cultural exchange, alliance building and collective action.
The Collective Liberation Tour
The Collective Liberation tour is the first step. I am organizing a cross-cultural exchange between South Africa and California that will deeply delve into the world of narrative, providing the basis for designing tools for a narrative crowd sourcing. The tour is a series of experiential workshops on narrative starting in Johannesburg, South Africa, travelling to Cape Town, Los Angeles, and ending in the Bay Area. Throughout the tour, we will listen to and film community stories. In the workshops, we will bring video messages from the other tour stops and engage the locals in conversations about narrative.
Why South Africa?
South Africa is a fascinating if imperfect model of a peaceful transition of power from a wealthy minority towards a more inclusive society. Movements throughout the world can learn from South Africa’s experience in reconciling with their oppressors, integration of music into the movement, and liberation movements. California has fascinating if imperfect models of engaging diverse communities in ecological justice work and building community resilience.
At a point to be determined later, I will deliver a video message to Nelson Mandela, inviting him or his designate be the first person to answer a series of "open source" narrative questions. I will offer to film him in South Africa and make sure he knows that I am open to receiving his response in any form that he chooses.
Details are still being worked out.
* January 2011 - Narrative Workshop in JoBurg
* January 2011 - Story Slam in JoBurg
* Late February - Narrative Workshop with the Green Life in San Quentin
* March 2011 - Story Slam with the Green Life in Oakland
* April 2011 - Storytelling Show in Los Angeles
Below are deliverables to which I am committed to delivering and to which you as a backer will have open access:
* Digital stories about liberation, reconciliation, and movement music (and related subjects) in the movement from South Africa and California
* Applied research and a basic model for engaging communities in co-creating narratives
* At least one workshop and events in South Africa, the Bay Area, and Los Angeles
* Expanded network of change agents and new translocal connections
How your contribution will be used
I am asking for $4500. This is the bare minimum to deliver on the items above. I need the money for:
* Travel expenses (mainly airfare to South Africa)
* Shock proof video hard drive, noise cancelling microphone
* Food for workshop attendees and storytellers
* Venue rental for workshops
* Attending Digital Story workshop
* Stipend (TBD) for South Africa collaborator(s)
* Video editing
I am working to raise more than $4500. Any extra funds beyond that needed for the tour will be used for pushing forward with the next piece of the work - that is, a collaborative narrative process in the Bay Area.
The Exciting Possibilities of Working in the Narrative Space
Why aren’t Puerto Rico and Washington DC working together? They both have incurred injury due to taxation without representation, and both suggest statehood as an effective remedy. Yet they advocate alone in their virtual silos to little effect. Imagine if they worked together – a Black and Brown alliance, advocating to become the two greenest states, perhaps with sustainability built into their constitutions. The first step would be to develop a joint narrative.
This is just one example of how working in the narrative space (the realm of myth, story, and cosmology) creates new possibilities for collective action. A whole world of unexplored possibilities exists in the narrative space, we just have to look for them.
The Connection Between Narrative and Values
The first condition for effective collective action is shared values, but values in of themselves are not enough. Values are completely subjective; they mean different things to different people. As consultant Thaler Pekar notes, "Heck, any given value can mean different things to the same person at different times in their lives or within different contexts. Narrative is one of the best ways to articulate stated or underlying values." Narrative is the overarching story of where we are, how we got there, and where we’re headed. Narrative bridges the gap between values and meaning, helping us understand abstractions like hope and courage that can vary in meaning across cultures. Narratives also helps us make sense of events that occur in our lives.
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