Remember that phrase, “think global, act local”? It really gave people the standard that there was no excuse for not taking action. Today as the Sochi Olympics broadcast the opening ceremonies, the meaning of humanity and the connection we all feel resonates throughout the world for many of us. We can truly, despite all of the hoopla, politics and nay-saying actually feel the possibility of what can happen when we all come together! There has been controversy with these Olympics, much as there has been and always be some level of it at any and all Olympics, can you remember one where there hasn’t? At the end of the day when you see the faces of the people there, watch it on TV, the sense pulls you into that same feeling, whether it is the seeming purity of sport, the prowess of the athletes converging at the same time, or the proud feeling of ones sense of place and country, it is palpable.
I wish that everyone could have the same opportunity to connect, but we know this is not the case as there are many that just do not have access to TV and computers. Although we work in a very small way at Cameras4Change, that is part of the premiss that we ensue as our cause, we want to open doors to those that would not normally have the chance to use cameras, to offer that experience as part of a new way of thinking that will move them forward.
Last week I visited communities in Santiago de Anaya, in Yolotepec, Hidalgo State Mexico where we are planning to work with our ground partners Isla Urbana, Sistema Biobolsa and Proyecto ConcentrArté. At the end of the day despite the infrastructure of our partners and our own workshops, it is always about creating a human bond, which can only help to strengthen all of us, it is as simple as that, no matter where you are in the world!
Liliana of Proyecto ConcentrArté shows the painted story plates she uses to tell the story of the “Dragon Azul”, a story of how the biodigester works, a beautiful combination of science, technology, the arts, and mythology used to connect with the community.