It is July so i thought I would write a small summary of where I am upto with Journal, its been a while. The first thing you may notice is that I have invested some time in overhalling the website. I am prone to do this quite often, quite randomly. This time though, I resisted the urge to completely rebuild it, instead (wisely I now think), invested my thoughts and energy into "upgrading" the site. As with all things though, the website is a work in progress. In the world of Procastination I may well be King.
As for project work, I hope you can emphaise that as a new and grassroots project, there are less hands on deck and less money around to hire hands on deck and I myself have a tendancy of chaos. So, this level of organisation is a big learning curve for me. I would fully recomend to those prone to procastination and chaos thinking (people like me) that need and want to get things done, to learn a bit about "Getting Things Done" by David Allen. I would also seriously recomend ToDoist. ToDosit is a digital multiplatofrm app that can only be described as a todo list and personal organiser on steroids. It comes in both a free and paid version. I got to say its paid version (rocking in at less than £30 per annum) has and is a god send to helping me focus and plan.
Part of the reason though, that it takes time to put our a product is the way in wich the project itself has been set up to work. I think, if Journal was just a story sharing project we may have more stuff out faster, but it isn't just that. Journal is based around some core principles in community development, primarily we have adapted an asset based community development model (abcd) focusing on a creative use of story to achieve many aims. This approach also looks at how Journal can help people and communities to make the positive changes they both want or need and to do this from the ground up not the top down. To help in servitude not to overpower and hinder. So I spend a lot of time building and forming relationships with people, projects and groups enjoying cups of tea and lovely conversations.
Socially Engaged Art
Journal is also a socially engaged art (creative) project. Socially Engaged Art is in short, the use of art to cause positive disruption or to influence and inspire personal, inter-personal, community or social change. It is art with a purpose where the quality of the final piece is less of value than the process of creating the piece. Socially engaged art includes working with, empowering and at times representing the voices of groups of people to affect change within their communities. It is best used when representing issues that matter most to participants and often focuses around political, social or systems change.
I am glad that more people are beginning to use art as a form of personal or social change, creating things is massive in keeping us all well and mentally healthy. So, I will be discussing this in the near future the importance of creativity and art in our lives, along side sharing stories and films from people and groups where art has influenced their lives in meaningful ways. I may hold a Community TeaTalk on this theme or open the subject up creating a series of Tiny Stories and Tiny Story Films.
Monkeys with Symbols, typwriters and things
Other news, of wich I will give more details soon, includes;- People and grassroots groups (through applied creative abcd work) working on a long term scalable project. Oh I wish I could share this idea, but I am not going to yet, but it includes, lazers, lights, sound, stories and much more. However, the first and most exciting project develped in partnership through this creative abcd model is with Ruby Coupe and her project 'The Space' in Blackpool. Again, I wish I could share this as I am bursting so much that I think I may need to wee, but I am not going to. To give you a glimmer of the idea, picture retro stuff, sound, food, singing, stories, typewritters and monkeys banging symbols. Oh yes, and if all goes well, a bus.
For now, I have included a few links on this post of recent updates or a story or two. As always you are warmly welcome to join us on social media, share posts and if you have a story or two, to share these with Journal.
Kane Dodgson | Journal | Blackpool | UK