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
That’s right, the hottest date for Valentine’s Day is here again in July presented by the MAH. Come get a smaller dose of What is Erotic? as we say goodbye to the All You Need is Love exhibition at the MAH.
In the past 7 years “What is Erotic?” has invited artists to answer this one provocative question… Although this is a titillating performance arts show, it’s also a safe space for exploration, education, and self expression of sexuality and relationship through combining personal development and the creative arts.
* There are two separate performance times in order to accommodate everyone comfortably. When purchasing your tickets, be sure to select your preferred time by either selecting the 1st Show or the 2nd Show. All attendees are welcome the whole evening from 7-10PM but please only attend your selected 1st or 2nd Showing.
7PM-7:30: Underwater Photography Display in the Auditorium
7:30-8:15: 1st Show
8:30-9:15: Evolutionary One: Flirty Meet and Mingle
9:30-10:15: 2nd Show
18 and over only. Tickets $20 general, $15 for MAH Members. Available at the museum or online. Buy your tickets today!
The 418 Project (www.the418.org) has been the home of What is Erotic? for the past 7 years. We proudly thank them as our biggest fans and sponsors.