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People's State of the Union: Building Community through Story Circle

Been feeling it? The unprecedente opportunity disguised as challenge?  Then you are in GREAT company.  

I have been asking myself like so many of us, "What can I do here, now, in the middle of nowhere?"   Then this opportunity came my way.  And then I shared the opportunity with Allison Wonderland and we decided to conspire. And then I shared it with Kelly Hosner Crowley. And then . . .  

The people-powered US Department of Arts and Culture is a grassroots action network inciting creativity in social imagination to shape a culture of empathy, equity and belonging.  In 2015, the USDAC asked, "What if the State of the Union wasn't a speech spoken by one but a poem created by many?"  

The People’s State of the Union has two main parts: Story Circles across the nation to share stories about the state of our union AND a collaboratively composed Poetic Address to the Nation. Together, we’ll build a composite picture of the state of our union, celebrating what connects us and bringing our creativity to healing all that pulls us apart.  

On Saturday, February 4th from 2pm-4pm, at the Crestone Charter School, Allison, Kelly, myself and others will host the first part of #PSOTU2017Crestone: Story Circles  

At our Story Circle event, neighbors will gather in facilitated small groups, sit in a relaxed circle and listen to each other.  We the people reflect together on the condition of our own culture and the state of our own union locally, nationally and globally.  

Each Story Circle is shaped by a set of questions serving as story prompts inviting each participant to tell a story from direct experience that reveal something about the State of the Union.  Afterwards, participants will have the opportunity to share their story through a Story Portal to co-create a Poetic Address to the Nation on March 11th.  Stay tuned for details about our local Poetic Address on the same date.   

We hope you will join us in this celebratory civic ritual during these UNPRESIDENTED times!  

"When we unleash imagination and turn it into action, we can move the world."  

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Later Event: March 11
Poetic Address at Cabin Fever!