We are coming of the end of a cycle that started many years ago. In the early part of the last millennium people began to come awake, create art, music, communication. Bad things came with the expansion of human knowledge and unparallelled growth world wide. It is probable the rate of death in related to war in the 20th century alone is close to ten figures. It was a crappy century.
Things are improving for humans all over the planet, and its happening at an accelerated rate. People all over the world are figuring out new ways to create sustainable economies in small communities. To get a quick idea of how quickly people are connecting with technology is to check cell phone usage world wide.
In October it was reported that there are now 6 billion cell phones in use on Earth. For many users in developing countries the cell phone is the only link to the internet. That means, that people who have no running water have Facebook and are looking for new opportunities to enter the global market. Its hugely more complex than cell phone usage. There are wars, riots, food insecurity as western corporate culture clashes with local values and needs.
Before I push the “chicks can do it” propaganda I want to say I don’t always buy the rhetoric. I do not believe any woman can do any job better than any man or visa versa. I am aware of the facts and figures on white dudes income and power in this country. However, the 99 percent is full of white dudes who are in the same boat and all of us who are women and people of color. The Mayans said, not that the world is gonna end, but that we are moving into a gentler time.
No matter what you believe, humans are getting tired of war, fed up with rape, disapprove of human slavery and wanting better lives. Consider doing a few things in the last week of 2012 in celebration of a better world developing.
Give your time or money at the MAH and keep your eyes open to more chances to promote arts and media in education in 2013. This not lip service. Our kids need real chances to see what they can do, and Santa Cruz people know that new media can open their eyes, move beyond violence and hopelessness.
If you have a Santa Cruz event or activity that needs a little help getting the word out, please send an email to Us here for inclusion in this blog, and the calendar. Also, join the The santa cruz party, party Facebook group and send info out to your Santa Cruz neighbors about events.
Give your friends and relatives rabbits, chickens and lamas this Christmas, then send them to Africa, (the animals that is)
Give to Heifer
“Heifer International’s mission is to work with communities to end hunger and poverty and care for the Earth.
It all started with a cow.
Moved by the plight of orphans and refugees of the Spanish Civil War as he ladled out meager rations of powdered milk, Dan West, an Indiana farmer, volunteer relief worker and Church of the Brethren member, grasped that the people needed “a cow, not a cup”—cows that could produce milk so families would not have to depend on temporary aid. From that simple idea, Heifer International was born.
In 1944, the first cows sent abroad were donated by West’s neighbors and distributed throughout Europe following World War II. More than 67 years later, Heifer has expanded its mission, just as it expanded to 30 types of animals it now provides—from goats, geese and guinea pigs to bees, silkworms and water buffalo.”
So keep your chin up! This time in history will be exciting and surprising in its complexity and growth. It wont be smooth and there will be turmoil, But good things always come from the bad. ~bb
some links: http://www.itu.int/net/pressoffice/press_releases/2012/70.aspx#.UNCupnfNnTo
Informational Seminars to Assist Applicants To Be Held:
Monday, December 17th From 7pm to 8pm
Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County
7807 Soquel Drive, Aptos
Tuesday, December 18th from 10am to 11am
Museum of Art and History
705 Front Street, Santa Cruz
The San Francisco based Creative Work Fund (CWF) invites artists and nonprofit organizations to apply for grants for collaborative projects featuring traditional or visual artists. Letters of inquiry are due by Friday, March 1, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. Up to $650,000 will be available for grants that may range in size from $10,000 to $40,000. To assist individuals and organizations interested in applying, CWF will host and co-host a series of seminars and webinars in December, January, and February.
To attend a seminar, you may reserve a space at www.creativeworkfund.org/seminars.html (preferred method), or by calling 415-402-2794.