Some highlights from this month...
Did you know that December is Digital Sisterhood Month?!
Digital sisterhood is "the feminine currency women use to create relationship wealth through the connections they make, conversations they have, communities they build, causes they support, collaborative partnerships they establish, and commerce they engage in with women they meet online and offline." Ananda Leeke is the brain, heart and glitter behind the Digital Sisterhood movement and has deemed December Digital Sisterhood Month. I've known Ananda since I first began planting creative seedlings in Washington, DC so we had lots of fun during my interview earlier this month. For me, the most memorable part of our conversation was talking about my Reiki practice and what it means for my personal accountability. "Ananda, you can't be rachet and practice Reiki..." :P Listen to the full interview here. #digitalsisterhood
DC Food Future - Planting the Seeds of Justice
Earlier this month DC Food Futures sponsored by Healthy Affordable Food For All, "brought together inner-city voices and other experts across the food system to speak as one." We shared images, stories, and ideas gathered from 15 community brainstorms with over 350 participants from the DMV. We spent the day learning, networking, and investing in our local economy to collaborate on a vision and a map for a just food system.
I had the honor of co-leading a "Collaboratory" workshop alongside long time creative partners Binahkaye Joy and Margaux Delotte-Bennett. What we told participants about the "Collaboratory":
"When we choose, creativity is a radical tool for transformation and justice. Today we'll experiment weaving cultural organizing, theatre, movement and sound into a performance that explores art making as a tool for change/justice/liberation in our food system. Bring questions about food justice and get ready to interrogate them through art making."
As a group of 15 - 20 collaborators in a little under 3 hours we... mapped our communities and where we get our food from. used improv to tells stories. wrote poems. wrote a song. developed movement and ways to embody what we wrote and sang. offered our creation as part of the DC Food Future closing.
Without fail, every time I create in community (I borrow the Alternate ROOTS definition of community as "space, place and/or tradition") I am in awe of what we can do together verses on our own. I learned so much about food systems in Washington, DC and began reflecting on my own relationship with food. Mama was right, you are what you eat.
What have you created or built through collaboration you wouldn't have been able to do on your own?
Big thanks to my creative partners, our AMAZING intergenerational participants, Healthy Food For All (HAFA) for inviting us, and all of the organizers, session leaders, community members and friends who made the event a success!