A belated Happy Easter and Earth Day to you!
Last Sunday, I took a much needed rest after wrapping up a two-month kitchen renovation, delivering a massive new audiobook, Totally Wired, for Tantor, and hosting about forty friends for my 40th birthday celebration the night before.
This week, however, I was very much back in action.
The last three days, I helped bring to life an enormous seventy-foot diameter mural with youth from Oasis Center’s Art + Activism program. Since last September, our team of high school students and artist volunteers have been researching and planning this piece which celebrates the rich history of the Edgehill community.
It turned out amazing, as you can see…
Even though I was there to volunteer, I feel like I got far, far more out of the experience than I gave.
Watching this group of people, composed of such a diversity of ages, ethnicity, backgrounds and abilities, come together and throw themselves into the process of co-creation was so beautiful.
Perhaps even more beautiful than the art that came out of that web of connection.
We pooled our knowledge, experience and skills to empower our research and design process, allowing us to arrive at a concept far greater than any one of us would have achieved.
As all sorts of delays and challenges cropped up along the way, everyone adapted and recalibrated accordingly. Time and again, we helped one other stay positive and keep our eyes on the goal of bringing our vision to life.
Uta and Chris Frith affirm the value of the group process in their excellent essay from Aeon:
“Two heads will contain more knowledge than one, and a larger group will have even more knowledge to pool, especially if it is a diverse group. These advantages are only the most obvious ones. But group decisions can also overcome some of the problems that plague individual decisions, such as unconscious bias.”
Truly, we are better together than we are apart.
Make this week magnificent!