Monthly Archives: March 2013

Friendship Is Just A Ball-Pit Away

My good friend Beth Gallagher hipped me to this video produced by a group called Soul Pancake.  They constructed a ball-pit in the middle of a busy city and put up a sign reading, “Take a seat, Make a friend”, and filmed interactions between people brave enough to participate.  What ensues is beautiful.

For me this video speaks to the simplicity of human interaction.  It speaks to the genesis of any relationship…the invitation.  In this video, the ball-pit acts as the invitation.  Fun, innovative, clever and probably a bit impractical.  However, we can all be fun, innovative and clever.  We all have this invitation inside of us.  We all have the capacity to invite others into our lives.  To ask someone “What’s you story?” Continue reading

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The Original Roving Listener…

This week we share an interview facilitated by Janis Foster Richardson with De’Amon Harges.  Janis Foster Richardson is the executive director of Grassroots Grantmakers, a non-profit group that strives to “strengthen and resource the work of everyday people and citizen-led groups”.  De’Amon Harges, the original Roving Listener, shares his wisdom with Janis about the work he is doing in Indianapolis with Broadway United Methodist Church, and neighborhoods across North America.  Thanks to Janis for originally posting this interview via podcast.  Thanks to De’Amon for sharing his stories…

Take the time to listen to this podcast.  You’ll find it by following the link below.  You may have to cut and paste it into your address bar. I tried embedding it into the post, but it is in a format I’m unfamiliar with embedding.  We are working on being as tech-savvy as possible.  Bear with us, but in the meantime, follow the link and enjoy the conversation between Janis and De’Amon.
http://www.grassrootsgrantmakers.org/2013/03/roving-listening-a-strategy-for-building-community/

 

 

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Beautiful Justice

This week we link in a TED talk given by Beth Mount, titled “Beautiful Justice”.  In it, Beth invites us to see all people through a different lens, listen to people with our whole selves and to think and act creatively.  We all have gifts…we just need to figure out a way to connect with them in each of our places.  Take the 20 minutes to watch this simply brilliant approach to engage in the humanity we are all a part of…

 

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Beauty in the Weeds

Today’s post is from guest blogger, Christopher Lee. We welcome his contribution and hope you enjoy what he has to share! To find out more about Chris and his work, go to www.potluckprojects.ca.

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