CREATIVITY + COURAGE = CHANGE

THE SINGING REVOLUTION

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Occupied since 1939, music sustained the Estonian people for  years, and was such a CRUCIAL part of their struggle for freedom that their successful bid for independence is known as the Singing Revolution. 

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How does this inspire YOU?

MIMES CHANGE TRAFFIC

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"People respond to humor and playfulness from politicians. It’s the most powerful tool for change we have." - Antanas Mockus, The mayor of Bogota, Columbia in his inspiring New York Time's article, The Art of Changing a City A MUST READ!

BLACK MOUNTAIN COLLEGE

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An experiment in education, this school (1933-1957) was based in the notion that CREATIVITY and ART were the foundation for active, fully awake citizens. We are all born artists" says founder John Andrew Rice, the first sentence in the new film: Fully Awake; The Black Mountain College Revolution (coming in 2019).

THE WORLD PARADE

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The Joyful Revolution envisions a WORLD PARADE emerging at the end of 2019. Want to learn more? See you at BURNING MAN in 2019 for the project's unveiling. The 10 Principles are an inspiration for JR, and so we encourage you to check them out. Learn more about the World Parade here. 

OCCUPY PUBLIC SPACE FOR GOOD

Image from: http://sagaartcloche.blogspot.com/

Public spaces (and even unused buildings) are opportunities for collaboration. In Paris in the 1980s a group of artists called Art Cloche occupied unused spaces for many years, part of a long tradition of political squatting. Need room? The planet has plenty of room. Use it. 

THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND

Image from: https://ignatiansolidarity.net/

This land is your land, this land is my land...this land was made for YOU & ME!


Worried about how our planet is bought and sold for fabricated commodities? We are too. We all equally share this planet. It's time to get creative and STOP WASTE.


WOODY SINGS

CELEBRATORY VISUALS

There Is A Light That Never Goes Out by Favianna Rodriquez

Favianna Rodriguez is a latinx activist and printmaker making colorful and celebratory art, often portraying the beauty of women of color. She is the Executive Director of CultureStrike, which engages artists, writers and performers in migrant rights. 

IMAGINE A BETTER WORLD

Resist by Les Larue

Just seeds is a network of 30 artists committed to social, environmental justice. Their website is full of gorgeous posters and prints, some free for download. We have to exercise our imagination muscles to find a new way forward. 

BANNER DROPS

Greenpeace banner drop 1/20/17

Banner drops are the illegal unfurling of large messages in key places.  This one was put up by Greenpeace. Scaling giant cranes is not for beginners. If you want to do a banner drop Start with a small bridge or a hotel room window. Helpful hints here

DANCING REVOLUTION

Armenia, 2018, photo from CNN

Armenia's 2018 velvet revolution  was a series of massive anti-government protests that successfully ousted authoritarian  prime minister  Serzh Sargsyan. Their pro democracy actions included  strikes, blocking roads and “carnivalesque street parties, filled with young people rebelling against what they saw as a corrupt, ruling  elite. 

LOVE WINS WITH CLOWNS

photo from Red Letter Christians blog

In  response to a white supremacist march, Knoxville, TN citizens dressed as clowns and orchestrated an effective counter protest. In response to calls for "white power", they replied “Did they say white flour? and threw clouds of flour in the air. The silliness continued with "white flowers", "tight showers" and "wife power" till the haters went home.
Listen to a poem about this by David LaMotte

KAYAKTIVISM

Photo from the Backbone Campaign

 Kayaktivism is a mobilization of small boats used to draw attention to environmental issues. There were large kayak actions in 2015 in Seattle in response to Obama's approval of offshore oil drilling in the Arctic. They called themselves the Mosquito Flotilla and used banners to help get their point across. The Backbone Campaign organized and trained a lot of the kayakers.   

BREAD & PUPPET

FROM BREAD & PUPPET COURAGE BOOK 1990

The Bread and Puppet Theater was founded in 1963 by Peter Schumann on New York City’s Lower East Side. Besides rod-puppet and hand puppet shows for children, the concerns of the first productions were rents, rats, police, and other problems of the neighborhood. More complex theater pieces followed, in which sculpture, music, dance and language were equal partners. The puppets grew bigger and bigger. Read more...

BURNING MAN

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BURNING MAN is a global movement founded in the 10 Principles, such as leave no trace, self-expression, self-reliance, inclusion, and more. These are traits woefully missing in today's cities, and JR is deeply inspired by the way community builds, creates, celebrates, and connects annually. Regional burns are all over the world. Check one out!

Won't You Be My Neighbor?

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Mr. Rogers is one of our many muses. He used a puppet to speak truth to power, and shared simple yet complex ideas about humanity with children in the most SUBLIMES ways. Won't you be my neighbor? How can you be more neighborly? Do it!

THERE IS SO MUCH MORE! PLEASE SHARE YOUR EXAMPLES!

HISTORY HAS A LESSON?

Let us know! Send an image (with credit where you got it) and a blurb about the project, and we'll share.

YOU MAKE A CREATIVE WAVE IN YOUR COMMUNITY?

Share the news! We need INSPIRATION from muses from every single country, who recognize our interconnectivity and are ready to take back our planet. 


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