Hard to believe it’s been six months since my Web of Change 2012 journey ended with a mad dash to the seaplane. Would’ve been nice to stroll through Cortes Islands’ old growth forest instead, letting the wisdom and warm fuzzies sink in slowly.
But that’s the nature of so much of our workaday lives, isn’t it? Scurrying from place to place with faces fixed on small screens, checking email and schedules frantically, rarely looking up or reflecting on where we’ve just been.
That has always been the magic of Web of Change for me: five days to be still and marvel, dream, and connect with fellow travelers. And a vibrant alumni community and listserv that offers grist for the mill and thought partners throughout the year.
But before we embark on the road to Texas and talk about what’s next for the institution, let’s take a moment to relive the greatness that was 2012.
The talented team at Point Blank Creative put together this video as a sort of time capsule from last year’s event.
(best viewed in full screen)
You’ll recognize the themes whether you attended or not: a convergence of social justice and environmental issues, the need for new and better organizing models, the shift from protesting to building power, and the opportunity to diversify our movement.
I’m thankful for this mid-year reminder of what we’re all working so hard to achieve.
Any revelations you’d like to share from the past six months? Any burning topics you hope the 2013 conference will address?