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Riff: Event Wrangling & Community Magic

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If you are a person that I have taken a photo of, it’s yours (but I’d still be curious as to where it is).

A riff in reply to a conversation with Isabella Mori and others (FB iirc) about the notable conference/event/happening called Northern Voice and the reasons it sparked such goodness.

My thoughts about what makes events successful and satisfying: 

It starts with people wanting to be “part of something bigger than themselves” but then must be coupled with the reality of “getting things done” from logistical standpoint.

This is where communities so often struggle/fall apart with diverging visions – once dreaded money enters the scenario, the fun dissipates.

With this is mind, I find the best solution is finding ways to do things for “cheap and cheerful”… like in someone’s cabin, outside in a park, whatever venue is free, or no venue at all (as we did for True North Media House during the Vancouver Olympics).

As far as this organizational wrangling goes, (and this is something Northern Voice did so well), is having well-delegated committee to move things along.

I do know that there was different strong opinions within the organization, which can be useful, but as soon as any organization starts going to much into the “philosophical” boundaries of the event and/or starts pandering to sponsors, rather than letting the event happen organically (“event” being used very loosely here and could be replaced with campaign, activation, happening, be-in or whatever), the magic dissipates.

Northern Voice was magic because of the freeform parts like “Moose Camp“ and there was an element of randomness which was embraced rather than resisted.

Sponsorship was lightweight and clear and not over-bearing, and the fact that “almost anyone” could be a presenter was super important as many people had their first chance to express some selves in front of a crowd at that event.

This is a big difference from the various models of “sponsors get to speak” or a bunch of free speakers and then paying some out-of-town knucklehead to show up and do their stump speech and fly out immediately afterwards. #NotAGuru

The other part is of course is the undefinable “moment of time” which provides a container for the magic to happen.

In this case, we were obviously on the verge of something new and undefined and unbearably interesting. Certainly this timing is hard to duplicate except when the gut/heart/head all tell you the time feels right – and looking at these warm sentiments expressed by such lovely people here, maybe this is a time in which something is needed (again).

“It” will be different sure, but the difference makes it unique for its moment in time and the community which builds around it.

And remember, this doesn’t have to turn into an organize/branded/annual/sponsored event. It can just be a “potluck/salon/hang out” with wisdom sharing baked-in.

My experience wrangling suggests: Keep *it* lightweight, as simple as possible, focused on the one critical thing (personal expression or what have you…) rather than let the organization organize for the organization’s sake and get bogged down in the *business* of the organization.

Poetry session supplies…

✔ outstanding hat
✔ insta camera
✔ fountain pen
✔ Tintin notebook
✔ (not pictured) matcha latte
= fine #poetry session

Well organized for #Art & #Chaos

On the road to wander and wonder #suitcase

House *not* designed by Mike Brady

Mid-century modern-ish… 

B.C. Motor Transportation from Vancouver to Chicago

Roll your own adventure…

#bus #rollyourown #vw #getonthebus #roadtrip #sandwich #volkswagen #camper

Does a bylaw/rule count if not painted with accuracy and completeness? #signs

Nude bathers at springs #sign

 
#truth #wander #wonder #rotenburo #church
Diamond Fork, Spanish Fork Canyon, Utah

 

Vinyl: Happy Jack, The Who

 

Trainspotting: VIA Rail’s “the Ocean” Heads Out of Moncton, New Brunswick

The VIA Rail train “The Ocean” – from which i just disembarked – pulls out of Moncton, New Brunswick heading west towards Montréal, Quebec, Canada.

This train is Viarail’s The Ocean which goes between Montreal and Halifax… In this case, dumping me off in Moncton, New Brunswick (from Truro, Nova Scotia) last summer when I explored eastern/maritime Canada seeking a new home Unsuccessfully — I did find many find communities between Montréal’s mile end, Quebec City, Halifax’s north end, St. John’s Newfoundland, Cape Breton Island Nova Scotia… to name a few but turns out I’m #Pacific through and through. Note: met wonderful people in each place… So much more #friendly & open than #Vancouver indeed – also way way thriftier place to find a home and exist.

Swipe for multiple views of this fine (by 1960s standards anyway) conveyance.

Creepers and Chums: memorial party invite, 2017

Creeper & Chums - memorial party announcement (mixed-media, Dave Olson)
Creeper & Chums – memorial party announcement (mixed-media, Dave Olson)

++ CREEPERS AND CHUMS ++

An Uncle Weed Variety Shindig
Music, Poetry, Dance , Art

Details: Sat. May 27th 2017

Bring: Potluck, chair and good vibes

Dedication: Lauralee Elliott and Rod H. Ash

Featuring:
* Mikael Lewis and International Correspondents
* TWILLO
* Larry “Auto” Harper

++ various Global Free Radicals (via video)

Creeper & Chums - memorial party commemorative posters (mixed-media, Marty Kendall)
Creeper & Chums – memorial party commemorative posters (mixed-media, Marty Kendall)
Invite? Leave a comment. Will also be live streamed for folks elsewhere