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collective ramblings….

Uncategorized — d-ashes on May 25, 2004 at 3:54 pm

i’m planning on giving a full detail of the incredible afternoon that collective.function(2): barefoot in the park turned out to be…until then i’m going to post a couple of things i’d written the girls about the collective, my place in it, and some other thoughts i’ve had about community building here in jackson…


on Sunday morning I sat on the side of a mountain, looking down into a valley and was thinking on things and @ some point achieved a moment of clarity in regards to many things, including collective…i realized two things about collective: 1) it is a work of art in itself and 2) that is a very powerful educational tool…i’ve learned a lot from it…about how to plan events and build community…i know vastly more about those things than I did when I started and have met all sorts of cool people that can help make that happen…in realizing that collective is a work of art I also realized that it must be kept fresh to be true…combining that with its educational potential, I decided that I want to hand over my current position in collective to someone else in jackson…i think that one of the most beneficial things collective can do is teach people is that all you have to have is a group of people willing to make a difference to get something done…having learned that lesson, I want to give somebody else that chance to learn it also, and then turn them loose on the community…it will also serve to keep the whole thing more invigorated with someone’s new, fresh energy…also, by bringing new people into the core of the group, collective will be more about the group than the people in it…

so, after ‘barefoot in the park’ I’m gonna take a step back and let someone else come in to take the 4th spot on the collective ‘board’ if you will…i’m not leaving or going anywhere, just altering my role a bit as to keep things fresh and fun and give someone else the chance to learn all the things I have…i’ll still be around and I’ll be happy to do anything y’all need done, and I will definitely want to help plan some collective events down the road…i think that one of the coolest things that collective could do for the community is educate people on how to plan events and make a difference, then turn them loose on the town…with collective as the root of that the group can only get cooler and more diverse…

plus, I’ve got some other projects that will require my attention this summer…i just got a huge programming project that is going to take up a lot of time, and am going to be out of town for most of june…i’m also getting ready to try to get a writing workshop together (which I will certainly sponsor through collective once it gets going)…so I think b/w that and my mountain-side musings, this is the best way to keep the ball rolling or get it rolling again…so be thinking about who y’all want to be spot #4 on the board…i’ll have a couple of suggestions as well…


‘While I was out enjoying the scene, John McCloud (who painted the beautiful flier for us) told me that Jackson is right on the verge of something wonderful, and to really fall over the edge, it must have events that cross all lines- racial, age, background, scenes.’ (from an email Casey wrote)

maybe throw the word ‘political’ in there…politics seems to be the new religion these days and one of the most divisive variables here in jackson, I think (as it’s the culmination of economic situation, neighborhood, religious views, race, and background among other things)…that’s one thing I really dug about Sunday…there were people of all sorts with any number of political views sitting around enjoying each others company…i thought that was great and an important lesson in community…

I continually run across the notion, both locally, and nationally, that if you care about the community you must be involved politically…i think everyone should vote (their conscience), but I also that the more that you try to tie politics into community action, the more you alienate groups of people who would otherwise be happy to help out…on the day to day, person to person level, I don’t think that political affiliation really should matter that much…anyone can do something nice for someone, and I think that it is silly to turn off someone towards helping the greater good because they are going to vote for a different candidate than yours (and it’s not just about who you vote for, it’s your beliefs at stake, too, but in the end that’s the aggregate contribution those beliefs make)…

one of my initial, personal goals, for collective was that it bridge political boundaries, and I would plead with all of you to help me in doing that…i know i’m speaking to 2 jfp employees when I say this, and it’s nothing personal, and only an opinion, but I think they really alienate a lot of the community they purport to be wanting to build by keeping their politics so edgy and at the front…in talking with stephen that seems to be @ the core of their journalistic/marketing philosophy, and I wouldn’t expect them to change that…but realize that they are fulfilling that role in the community and we can do it a bit differently and get the attention of a different group of people…if we can get all sorts of people together without any of them carrying a pre-supposed label of what that other person stands for because of their affiliation with collective, then they will get to know that person for who they are and because they care about jackson, and I think that will build this organization into a truly diverse entity…

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