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The Art of the Start

I also love this video and song from Tom Atlee of The Co-Intelligence Institute. I can imagine this one as another opening for a participatory event. Art has a resonance in which people can land so that they can do their work in the deepest ways — as individuals and groups.

Stand By Me
A moving production of this popular song, weaving contributions by street musicians from around the world, years in the making. It is part of a movie now, and the organizers (who were interviewed on Bill Moyers Journal) use money from the project to start music schools in villages they’ve visited. Stand by me, indeed.

Or this one, sent by hosting colleague Martin Siesta in New York, four beautiful minutes of Rev. Michael Beckwith on serving the emerging paradigm. I love this in particular because it helps to answer both the what and the how of hosting. Hosting what? — the emerging paradigm at all levels of scale. Hosting how? — looking for and offering ourselves to serve.

Other videos / resources that Tom sent recently.

Christmas in the Trenches
A video version of the famous song about British and German soldiers coming together — music, drink, and soccer in the mud — during one Christmas on one of many battered fronts in World War I, complete with pictures of the time and a tale by the songwriter, of meeting some of those men many years later…

DISABILITY? — STRETCHING OUR SENSE OF WHAT WE ARE CAPABLE OF

Imagine living a rich, meaningful life with no arms or legs…

Autistic, but he memorizes Rome from above and then draws it from memory…

He is missing a leg, she an arm, and together they dance love whole

Back flip in a wheel chair? You have to be young to take this on…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7f1Aa-Y1x0 (long version) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hc1YdL_w1Hg (short version)

AND OUR REMARKABLE RELATIVES IN THIS REMARKABLE UNIVERSE

Starting here on Earth where dolphins blow bubble rings http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TMCf7SNUb-Q

And moving into the Heavens, where we can now see our Ancestor Galaxies http://hubblesite.org/gallery/tours/tour-hudf/
— for when we look deeply into the sky, we are looking back in time (light YEARS) — and every star that is over 5 billion years old (light years away) is contemporary with the parents of our sun and Earth, and some elements in us are even older than that, with each hydrogen atom in all the water in and around us having done its universe-building work for more than 13 billion years…
Or we can just enjoy our nearer neighbors at http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/astropix.html
Since this NASA site shows a different picture each day, I don’t know as I write this which picture you will see. You might like to check out the “Archive” link for other amazing views, including the Christmas Day one I’m seeing as I send this.

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