THE TWIST LIST

MARCH 2020
TOOLBOX FOR COMMUNITY-BUILDING NEAR AND AFAR



This is a toolbox with the purpose to co-create a platform for shared knowledge about community-building remotely or in shared physical spaces. By community-building we mean activities to help each other in local and global networks of human interactions. Here we post different methods and links to methods and toolboxes.  The list is created ongoing with many people’s contributions.

︎ To begin with here is a guide on how to master remote workshops put together by PWC.


How to master: Remote workshops and virtual collaborations by PWC

Talking:
︎ Create check in´s and coffee with friends and colleagues online. Or have lunch with your colleges over teams/skype/zoom.
︎ Make small video- interviews with yourself and your family about the situation you are in. Questions you can ask;
What felt most out of the ordinary for you today in a good way?
Did something scare you today?
What would you like to keep on doing?
︎ Make yourself available. Write on your social media ”I am going to be here between 16 and 17 if anyone wants to talk”
︎ Invent new ways of sharing how you feel. Today I am like this song or today I am thinking about this verse or....
︎ Make lists of all the stuff that scares you or threaten you or is already hitting you. Ask for help. Let people know how you are. Create conversations where you can dive into the painful stuff with others. Many are suffering from similar things.
︎ Have a friend follow you on your daily walk by phone. Especially people who are in quarantine.
︎ Many of your friends or colleagues are probably lonely, distressed or scared. The best way to make place for a conversation about difficult things is by starting to talk about your own vulnerabilities first. Maybe use a picture to illustrate how you feel.
︎ Keep contact with people you are close to both professionally and private. Try meeting your elderly relatives by teams/skype/zoom.
︎ If one of your colleagues who are in isolation are celebrating his or her birthday. Put a bag with a bun and a flower outside their door.
︎ Many people are scared today. Fear creates irrational behavior and is a hotbed for fake news. Try to be as rational as possible at the same time as you meet others fear with respect…
︎ Keep as calm as possible – it will eventually pass!


Hoping and Dreaming:
Take the opportunity to rest, to do regular things slower; cooking slower, cleaning slower, to sit down and talk.

The trees and the ocean don´t really care about corona and the challenges we face in its wake. Get yourself out. Walk in the nature you can access, be it a forest or a park. Give your headphones a rest and just absorb what is around you, the sounds of birds chirping, the light filtering through the green, small spring-flowers pushing up from the ground, water and soil.

It always seems impossible until it´s done
Nelson Mandela

︎  Start a diary and log what you experience. You can write two lines a day, make a small drawing or write a poem (it doesn´t have to be good)
︎ Collect stuff that gives you hope – images, texts, music...
︎ Expand your world – try joining some of all the activities that is going on in social media, use the opportunity to watch theatre, opera...everything that is made available online
︎ Help people who find it difficult to access these things.
︎ Do you have several computers in your household or an iPad that is just laying around – offer to lend it to someone who needs it.
︎ Travel at home. Choose a place you would like to go to. Read up on local customs and cuisine, download the best local music and learn how to say a couple of phrases. Invite your family to a live or online-dinner anywhere in the imagined world. You can also invent a place of your own of course.
Inspiraration; ”Atlas of Remote Islands; Fifty Islands I have never Set Foot On and Never Will” by Judith Schalansky
︎ The Boiler breaks:




The Boiler Breaks 1 & 2

︎ The John Cage-method:
Working from home can be very quiet, make you feel understimulated and cut off from your regular contexts. There might be something uncomfortable in the silence and absence of other people.

If something is boring after two minutes, try it for four. If still boring, then eight. Then sixteen. Then thirty-two. Eventually one discovers that it is not boring at all.”
John Cage

It can be a first step: Invite yourself daily to a meeting with yourself. Ask yourself what your inner worry is about. But above all: Ask yourself if your drive and knowledge could be of help to someone else right now.

Making things:
︎ Zoom-meeting outfits


1. The ultimate sparkle hat
2. I'm not making fun of the situation, I'm trying to have fun during this situation
3. Helps the posture and hurts a bit 
4. When experts on zoom-meetings tells you to smile more than usual


Moving:
Gaga online
Yoga with Adrienne

Inspiration and learning:
︎ John-Paul’s writing exercise:
Memoir of Artistic Practice: Pt.1 – Genealogy.

                      In this session you are going to work with the idea of Memoir. Not Autobiography, that’s something else, more like the whole trajectory of a life. Memoir focusses in on a certain time i.e The Summer of ’98, or Summers at the Country House, or a certain theme A Memoir of Alcoholism – where the writer only focusses on those moments to do with drinking.

                      Here you are going to work with a Memoir of the Artist (insert any title you like here). How you came to be an artist (any title you like here) , what happened before your decision to be an artist (insert any title you like here) that informed or shaped that decision.

Soooo many but here are some favorites right now:
︎ Unga Klara on demand
︎ Moderna museet Soffvisningar
︎ Dramaten Play
︎ Podcast: On Being
︎ Skola hemma
︎ Nordiska museet Livestreamat samtal: Leva i orostider
︎ Josh Lenn’s workshops on how to fail gloriously
︎ Good News Movement instagram
︎ Mapping Our Social Change Roles in Times of Crisis by Deepa Iyer
︎ Tove Jansson reading  “Comet in Moominland” (in Swedish)
︎ Pluggakuten
︎ Stockholm Resilience Centre and the Swedish Institute. Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC)
︎ The top 100 Documentaries we can use to change the world
︎ Dockteatern Tittut: Chatta med en docka
︎ The app “Micro Action Movement”

Read:
︎ Arundhati Roy: The pandemic is a portal
︎ Sverker Sörlin:  Vi försöker gemensamt finna en väg – där en väg aldrig funnits
︎ Scott Berinato:  That Discomfort You’re Feeling Is Grief
︎ Aisha S. Ahmad: Why You Should Ignore All That Coronavirus-Inspired Productivity Pressure
︎ George Monbio:  The horror films got it wrong. This virus has turned us into caring neighbours
︎ Rebecca Solnit:  'The impossible has already happened': what coronavirus can teach us about hope
︎ Olga Tokarczuk: Viruset påminner oss om att vi är sköra varelser
︎ Yuval Noah Harari: The world after coronavirus
︎  The Conversation: Coronavirus aftermath: how do communities recover from trauma?

    
Photo 1 & 2 Two piles of books with stories and words to help us understand and shift.

Words of inspiration:
The word emergency comes from emerge, to rise out of, the opposite of merge, which comes from mergere, to be within or under a liquid, immersed, submerged. An emergency is a separation from the familiar, a sudden emergence into a new atmosphere, one that often demands we ourselves rise to the occasion. Catastrophe comes from the Greek kata, or down, and streiphen, or turning over. It means an upset of what is expected and was originally used to mean a plot twist. To emerge into the unexpected is not always terrible, though these words have evolved to imply ill fortune.

On the warm night of August 15, 2003, the Milky Way could be seen in New York City, a heavenly realm long lost to view until the blackout that hit the Northeast late that afternoon. You can think of the current social order as something akin to this artificial light: another kind of power that fails in disaster. In its place appears a reversion to improvised, collaborative, cooperative, and local society. However beautiful the stars of a suddenly visible night sky, few nowadays could find their way by them. But the constellations of solidarity, altruism, and improvisation are within most of us and reappear at these times. People know what to do in a disaster. The loss of power, the disaster in the modern sense, is an affliction, but the reappearance of these old heavens is its opposite. This is the paradise entered through hell.

Rebecca Solnit ”A paradise built in hell”


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