In 2015 I want to find out if we can establish a diverse network of people that support each other. It might not sound that difficult, but I know we’re going to face lots of challenges.
It’s going to be a year full of problems and questions:
We’re going to face the creativity problem: Cultural exclusion affects us all. We are all born creative but without access to our creativity none of us can realise the creative potential that is our own unique contribution to society. What’s more, when any one person’s creativity is stifled our shared society suffers.
We’ll be asking: How can everyone become empowered by art?
We’re going to face the collaboration problem: None of us can know what is best for any other person. In the long run we cannot create change by doing things to, for, or without each other. We can only create change together.
We’ll be asking: How can we create collaborative community projects?
We’re going to face the capability problem: To build social justice we need to create communities where everyone has the capability to fulfil our potential. Since, we all fulfil our own potential by building our capabilities. We need to find ways to build capability together.
We’ll be asking: How can we build social justice?
We’re going to face the context problem: art has the power to transform our lives and our communities but there is only so much any of us can do. It’s only when everything we do is in the context of a long-term that we can say every little helps.
We’ll be asking: How can we create sustainable social change?
It will be a challenge because we’ll need to recognise that we can all contribute, that we all have something to offer.
It will be a challenge to find ways for us all to engage in equal creative collaborations where we explore who we are and who we can become, together.
Perhaps above all, it will be a challenge for us to accept that we can all be open to our own creativity, and engage with our own vulnerability and weakness – that none of us have all the answers.
We’ll be asking: How can we build equal, diverse and inclusive networks that recognise the creative contributions of each every one of us?
We’ll be doing this through a series of problem posing forums and network events at which we’ll explore these questions and learn how we can support each other to fulfil our creative potential – as individuals and as communities.
I hope you’ll be able to join us.