{ BenchesCollective } Using the Public Bench as a Tool for Experimentation, Community Engagement & Placemaking

Delighted to discover The Netherlands’ based BenchesCollective, which transforms the ubiquitous street bench into a tool for community engagement, and for building empathy and mutual understanding within neighborhoods. The idea behind the BenchesCollective initiative is to spark public interactions that otherwise might not take place. It provides space for strangers to sit down together and…

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Drag Queen Story Hour (DQSH)

A delightful initiative that nurtures acceptance of diversity and encourages children to embrace the fullness of their individuality and imagination through story time: Drag Queen Story Hour (DQSH) is just what it sounds like—drag queens reading stories to children in libraries, schools, and bookstores. DQSH captures the imagination and play of the gender fluidity of…

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David Whyte on Courageous Conversations:”it’s going to nourish you, but it will also pull you apart to make way for the new person”

In a real conversation it is the understanding that whatever identity you have so assiduously built until this point in your life, it will not survive the conversation…it’s going to nourish you, but it will also pull you apart to make way for the new person. Ultimately, really conversations are life and death issues. -David…

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