Week 3: 2/17 Discussion Board

Prior to our 2/17 gathering, please visit the Story of Stuff website at the following link: http://storyofstuff.org/movies/. Here, please watch the Story of Stuff (22 minutes), Story of Solutions (9 minutes), and Story of Change (7 minutes) videos. Feel free to check out some of the other videos on this page, if you like, to inform our ongoing dialogue about how we understand and discuss societal problems and transformations. We can also finish discussing The Century of the Self.

You can also find The Story of Stuff reading guide here: sos_reading_guide and at the following link: http://storyofstuff.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/sos_reading_guide.pdf . This resource includes a conversation with the filmmaker, ideas for activities related to the SOS film and book, and questions for discussion.  Feel free to use this guide for ideas if and when you want want to initiate a dialogue about the content of SOS so that you don’t feel the need to reinvent the wheel.

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  1. Cat says:

    What a fascinating conversational progression on Wednesday… From storytelling to systemic analyses of corruption and change to emotional and felt responses to transformation. As I continue to consider my ancestral roots and their significance in my role as radical change-agent, I am following threads of heritage and identity. One of these for me is my Jewish ethnicity. I just started corresponding with my father’s cousin, who is pretty rad – a potter, singer, and avid gardener – asking her about her experience coming to terms with being born into relative privilege as the daughter of Holocaust survivors in North America. She mentioned to me that she lights candles on Friday nights. What exactly is so significant about the Sabbath? I know so little about it, in fact. After very preliminary searching, I found this, and it hearkened back to our discussion of the mysterious narrative of a mind/body/soul split:

    “Why are Shabbat meals considered so important? If the Sabbath is a time of spiritual joy, why the concern with eating and drinking? The tale is told of a king who invited one of his subjects to come and dwell in the royal palace. Said the subject to the king, I have a friend whom I love so dearly that I never allow myself to dwell apart from him. Only if you invite him to be with me can I accept your invitation. The soul refuses to leave the body; true joy can happen only when they rejoice together as one.'” – from http://www.myjewishlearning.com/article/friday-night-at-home/3/

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