Saturday, April 23, 2011

Saturday Sharing (My Finds Are Yours)

Have you ever thought of walking out of your job and walking on to something more meaningful? Today's edition of Saturday Sharing introduces you to two women, Margaret Wheatley and Deborah Frieze, who talked with people all over the world, starting in Mexico, and then documented in their new book how a change of beliefs about what can be done and how creates solutions to what before seemed insoluble.

✭ Ever wish for a suggestion box for the future of technology? Check out the Internet Wishlist, which describes itself as "a collection of ideas for apps and Websites  [that] people are wishing for." (My thanks to On Being blog where I first saw this link.) To contribute your own wish, just post your own app- or Website-related idea on Twitter with the hashtag #theiwl; be warned, however, that only the most innovative and forward-looking ideas are shared.

Internet Wishlist on Twitter

Broken Pencil, based in Toronto, Canada, is both a Website and a print magazine that publishes four times a year. It's devoted exclusively to "underground" culture and the independent arts. In addition to reviewing books, videos, and artworks from the indie marketplace, it reprints articles from the alternative press and also features original fiction, commentary, and interviews.

Broken Pencil on FaceBook and Twitter

Margaret Wheatley, whose book Perseverance I reviewed here, has published with Deborah Frieze a new book: Walk Out Walk On: A Learning Journey Into Communities Daring to Live the Future Now (Barrett-Koehler Publishers, April 2011). Wheatley and Frieze traveled to seven communities around the world, including Columbus, Ohio, and Johannesburg, South Africa, "to meet people who have walked out of limiting beliefs and assumptions and walked on to create healthy and resilient communities." What they learned they share in their book.

The story behind the project and what it means to the authors, the people and places visited, and WOWO-related events across the country can be found here.

Wheatley and Frieze describe the origins of WOWO in this video:

Margaret Wheatley and Deborah Frieze from Deborah Frieze on Vimeo.

Walk Out Walk On on FaceBook

Walk Out Walk On Bestseller Campaign

Margaret Wheatley and Deborah Frieze on Vimeo

Deborah Frieze, president of The Berkana Institute, on Twitter

Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative features correspondence, journals, critical prose, and transcripts of lectures or other talks of New American Poets. This "extra poetic work" is uncovered in archival research, edited by scholars and students at The Graduate Center, and published as a series of chapbooks by the Center for the Humanities at The Graduate Center, CUNY. Series I, including selections from collected letters of Amiri Baraka and Edward Dorn, and the correspondence of Kenneth Koch and Frank O'Hara, was published in 2010; Series II will appear this spring and offer Robert Duncan's Olson Memorial Lecture #4 and selections from Muriel Rukeyser's Spanish Civil War archive. The chapbooks are available by subscription at various price levels (from $20 Student to $500 Sponsor, with the Basic just $25); go here for ordering information.

✭ In 2007, Tom Shadyac, director of The Nutty Professor and Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, among other films, had a serious bike accident. He survived as did his interest in film-making but what did not was his desire to continue earning millions of dollars. He traded it all in for life in a  trailer park in Malibu and conceived of a project that resulted in his documentary I Am, released in February. The film features Desmond Tutu, Howard Zinn, Noam Chomsky, Coleman Barks, and other well-known men and women from the fields of science, philosophy, academia, and faith and of each of them Shadyac asks just two questions: What's wrong with our world? What can we do about it? Here's the trailer:

I Am on FaceBook and Twitter


Kathleen Overby said...

Good things to follow and watch. Thanks Maureen.

Louise Gallagher said...

I got lost in the video links this morning -- wonderfully so!




nance marie said...

i love it when people leave their boots stuck in the muck and just jump out of them.