Connection Through Public Spaces

September 7, 2012 at 10:56 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

At the core of all of our programs is a belief in the potential of each individual. We believe that through connection to self, others and the world around us we are able to explore the possibilities, discover our potential and then act authentically, navigating the journey that is life, making a difference and ‘being the change we wish to see in the world’. Throughout the interdependent global village that we live, opportunities exist all around us to connect. This connection provides us with support and meaning as we experience successes and challenges. Even though these opportunities exist, sharing this time and space with over seven billion others, our humanness, past experiences, vulnerability and busyness can affect the quality of our interactions and the connection possible.

Public spaces have historically been such an important part of our communities. They have provided a place to meet, interact, listen, share, trade, laugh, play, learn and pass down the wisdom, culture and stories throughout the generations. This significance reminds me of the African proverb, ‘It takes a village to raise a child’. The positive impact that is possible when we empower individuals through a shared vision of connection, opening channels of communication, hopes and dreams, and valuing diversity along the journey of potential that each of us is on. Respect is built as we celebrate the amazing contribution that each member of the community is able to make, like pieces of a puzzle.

Candy Chang so eloquently describes this process in our 21st Century world. As she describes, two of the most precious things we have is time and relationships with other people. Her journey exploring ways to recreate public spaces to provide opportunities for connection inspires many to become more aware, reflect and appreciate the significance of their daily thoughts and actions. Watch this short video and consider its message and themes. In what ways can you become an architect of vibrant, empowering and inspiring public spaces in your communities? In what ways can you act on the questions that arise throughout your life, overcoming any connection limits that we imagine might exist before we even reach out?

“A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.”

– John Lennon

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