What is this “oneness,” you ask? It’s community, it’s participation, it’s equality, it’s tradition, and it’s environmental awareness. Frankly, it has a lot in common with our mission here at Slow Food. And it’s also the guiding principle of the Global Oneness Project, an initiative to promote meaningful change in our world by documenting and sharing stories of community collaboration. We first came across the Project when author Woody Tasch was in town, through their interview with Tasch on his concept of “slow investing.” The organization maintains a great library of inspiring short films, many of which deal with food issues like community gardens and seed saving, as well as fantastic interviews with progressive thinkers like Tasch.
For a sense of the kinds of films they produce, a good place to start is with this video about the very excellent People’s Grocery in West Oakland, California:
While the Global Oneness Project keeps all of their films freely available online, the real intention of their work is to inspire dialogue and interaction. To accomplish this, the Project takes their films (and filmmakers) on the road, traveling to different cities where they host screenings and café-style conversations about the subjects in the films. Each event is a chance to collaborate with your fellow community members on new ideas for local and global change. On May 8, we’ll be lucky enough to have that opportunity here in Portland.
THE NEW NARRATIVE
Local Voices for a Global Future
Kennedy School Theater
Friday, May 8, 2009, Free
5:30-6:30 PM—Pre-event reception
6:30-9:30 PM—Films and Conversations
Featuring: Short films; interactive conversations; guest speaker Orland Bishop, founder of ShadeTree Multicultural Foundation in Watts, Los Angeles, and a pioneer of innovative approaches to urban truces and restoring community; and a Q&A with filmmaker Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee
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