"Beauty does not linger, it only visits.
Yet beauty's visitation affects us and invites us
into its rhythm, it calls us to feel, think,
and act beautifully in the world: to create and live
a life that awakens the Beautiful."John O'Donohue
Please be aware that this initiative is very much a work in progress – like so many more wonderful social, cultural, and economic renewal efforts around the world.
In 2006, I established GlobalArtsCollective.org (GAC) as an auspice for the Anam Cara for Tara arts action in support of the campaign to preserve the Hill of Tara, in Ireland.
While we didn't succeed in protecting the Hill of Tara from fraudulent politicians and speculators, I found GAC's shared campaign format enlivening – sharing the highs and lows of collaboration, a little creative peer pressure can be inspiring.
GAC was re-launched in 2011 as an educational resource platform for information on some of the key issues arts practitioners might wish to share with their communities, networks, students and audiences, without spreading themselves thin on burdensome administration.
Calling all artists: Your fellow humans need you...
As concern over issues of peace, health, economic justice, and sustainability increasingly enter public debate, arts practitioners are finding their roles as collaborators, educators, change agents, and cultural conservationists are growing in importance.
Arts practitioners have always presented the big ideas that take us beyond the surface of our troubles to the source of our joy and ingenuity, and resilience – our ability to heal and empower others.
The arts have the power to touch the heart, and to promote and celebrate awareness of the wealth to be found in all aspects of our culture and heritage.
We have a tradition that comes from the first millennium BC somewhere else. And we are handling that. It has not turned over and assimilated the qualities of our culture and the new things that are possible and the new vision of the universe.
It must be kept alive. The only people who can keep it alive are artists. – Joseph Campbell
Click to listen: The Power of Myth:
Vision Freedom from the burden of involuntary poverty and deprivation: Restoration of Global Commons – personal sovereignty and the creative impulse.
Creating real solutions in
the spirit of friendship
The Global Arts Collective encourages arts practitioners, business representatives, community and government leaders to work together – to 'protect and serve' in the spirit of friendship – toward creating solutions for the restoration of healthy ecosystems, economic security, cultural conservation, and stronger communities through a participatory and collaborative culture.
Together, we can work to restore our environment, our health, and our equal share in the fruits of the commons: A sustainable future based on ecological integrity, social justice, economic equity, and true participatory democracy.
The bright line we are told divides art from entertainment, education, individual and community development is fairly new in human history, and it diminishes the complexity and the value of the arts for everyone. ...teaching artists are reminding us once again, that the arts are for everyone, and that making culture is everyone's – not just professional artists' birthright. – Nick Rabkin
...a more idealistic approach to things must actually be on the political agenda at the moment. The character of the environmental crisis is such, I believe, that we don’t really have the luxury of pausing to say: ‘Hmm, is this just a little bit too utopian?’ because what’s at stake here might be the survival of the planet and the human race itself. So there are places where we actually need an injection of idealism and aspiration that we could call utopian at the present, I think. – Professor Andrew McGowan, University of Melbourne, ABC-RN interview
On October 29, 2001, shortly after the catastrophic events of 9/11, Professor Ervin Laszlo's “Macroshift: Navigating the Transformation to a Sustainable World” was released. The tome explained how macroshifts in human history have spanned centuries, allowing our cultural values and beliefs systems to take shape gradually.
He explained the impact of the unprecedented speed of introduction of technological advances on our entire cultural evolutionary process, and warned that humanity is facing two possible scenarios:
1. Catastrophic "Breakdown," no change in the current unsustainable direction toward anarchy, chaos, and destruction.
2. Resilient "Breakthrough," where thinking and behaviour are collectively transformed to find creative and sustainable solutions to our problems.
You are undone if you once forget that the fruits of the earth belong to us all,
and the earth itself to no one. – Jean Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778)
And all this time I thought the world was round. The world is not round.
It has edges we can fall from and faces staring in entirely different directions.
And I thought the world was huge but it is not. It's in our hands:
We can hold it; change it; turn it; shake it.
We can solve it, but not by sheer luck or chance.
We must be taught." – Abby VanMuijen, U.C. Berkeley
Collaboration in the 21st Century
British creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson believes we're all born with creative capacities but we lose them the more time we spend in the world. He says the school system often discourages creativity by favouring academic measurement.
Sir Ken is an internationally recognised leader in the development of creativity, innovation and human resources. He was the central figure in developing a strategy for creative and economic development as part of the Peace Process in Northern Ireland. The resulting blueprint for change, Unlocking Creativity was adopted by politicians of all parties and by business, education and cultural leaders in Northern Ireland.
Sir Ken's Mission: "to transform the culture of education and organizations with a richer conception of human creativity and intelligence.”
The arts, more than sport, embodied and required skills and attitudes increasingly used by businesses. These involved critical thinking, being able to challenge conventional wisdom and to look at familiar themes from new angles and perspectives, and borrowing and adapting techniques that work in other settings. – Leon Gettler, Chief Economist,
ANZ Bank, Australia,
The Age, 19 April, 2007
Steven Paul Jobs (1955-2011)
from the 2013 film "Jobs" The crazy ones, the troublemakers, misfits, rebels,
the square pegs in round holes, the ones who see things differently.
They are not fond of rules and have no respect for the status-quo.
You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify and vilify them.
About the only thing you can't do is ignore them,
because they change things. They push the human race forward,
and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius.
Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do. – Steve Jobs
I always wondered why somebody doesn't do something
about that. Then I realized I was somebody. – Lily Tomlin
Anyone can become angry—that is easy.
But to be angry with the right person, to the right degree,
at the right time, for the right purpose, and in the right way – this is not easy.
– Aristotle, The Nicomachean Ethics.
I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community
and as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can.
I want to be thoroughly used up when I die. For the harder I work the more I live.
– George Bernard Shaw
The total number of minds in the universe is one.
– Erwin Schrödinger, Nobel Prize in Physics 1933
...greater equality usually makes most difference to the least well off,
but still produces some benefits for the well off. ... higher levels of income inequality damage the social fabric
that contributes so much to healthy societies. – Epidemiologists Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett,
The Spirit Level: Why More Equal Societies Almost Always Do Better (2009)