At Hearts, we have stressed the importance of understanding current world issues that urgently need to be addressed. We also acknowledge the importance of community, as we value it as a cornerstone for sustainability. This position was elegantly stated during a recent conversation with Ariella Tilsen a Catalyst, Conflict Resolver, Alliance Builder, and the Executive Director of Stories Move Mountains. Stories Move Mountains is a non-profit dedicated to harvesting local wisdom and leadership and also devoted to igniting lasting community engagement and prosperity,
“the importance of any and all of this work must be driven by the communities we’ve been invited into.”
We are committed to addressing Global issues, but we also value the community in our backyard. Currently, we are participating in the Global Conversations at the Social Good Summit held in New York City, with more than 400 cities around the world participating. We have partnered with Co-Hoots, a creative co-working space in Phoenix, and MonOrchid, a historic warehouse that is now a downtown Phoenix art collaboration. These two organizations are crucial to the wellbeing of Phoenix, but now we are standing together to address the global community in: “How can new technology and new media create solutions for the biggest problems facing my community?”
Think Global, Act Local.
In the beginning of this year, a small handful of community activists in Downtown Phoenix, including myself, came together and decided to be the change they wanted to see. It all started by building a community around the bicycle – one of the most sustainable forms of transportation. The challenge is, Phoenix is an auto-centric environment that does not encourage walking, let alone support bicycling. We set about making Pedal Craft, a community powered event, bringing people together who get around on a foot powered, two wheeled people mover. We received so much support for the first one that we have been encouraged to create a second one, held at Kitchen Sink Studios on Friday, September 28th.
It is incredible what can happen when a few passionate people come together around a common purpose, and as Margaret Meads says:
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
What do you want to see happen in your community?
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