Occupy Salon Tuesday! Occupy & Creativity!

From: Meghan
Sent on: Thursday, January 26, 2012 7:19 PM


When: Tuesday, January 31,[masked]:30 PM

301 Castro St
Mountain View, CA 94041

Occupy Salon

From the ancient Greek symposia to Gertrude Stein's famous Paris gatherings, salons have always been the incubators of provocative-at times even dangerous-ideas: the frontiers of cultural change. People who might elsewhere have been socially ostracized were included in salons, welcomed for their wit, intelligence, charm, and insight. And passionate conversation often led to passionate action.

This salon is ongoing on a weekly basis, Tuesdays at 7:30pm. This will be a space for all community members, Politically Inspired book clubbers, and Occupiers to come together to get to know one another, engage in meaningful dialogue, learn collaboratively, and create a shared vision for the future. Each week may have a different theme, question, or reading that we wish to discuss together. 


January 31st: Occupy and Creativity Salon!

For this salon we will explore the relationship between Occupy and creativity, from creative protest, to how we can use our own creativity to envision new possibility. The article for the week is: Occupy Wall Street and the Importance of Creative Protest from the Nation.

We will also engage in our own brainstorming session as to how we can use our own creativity in our lives as citizens seeking a better world. Check out the principles for brainstorming that we will employ in our process (as well as markers and post-its). 


Occupy Wall Street and the Importance of Creative Protest Allison Kilkenny on November 21, 2011 - 11:24am ET

Perhaps the single biggest factor that helped lead to the Occupy movement’s success in capturing the media and public’s attention has been its creativity. Novel protest strategies have served as OWS’s foundation since its first days. The very idea of occupying, and sleeping in, a park twenty-four hours a day was new and exciting...


What is a salon?

A salon is a gathering of people from living rooms to bookstores, they ar held partly to amuse one another and partly to refine taste and increase knowledge through conversation.

These gatherings often consciously followed Horace's definition of the aims of poetry, "either to please or to educate" ("aut delectare aut prodesse est"). Salons, commonly associated with French literary and philosophical movements of the 17th and 18th centuries, were carried on until quite recently, in urban settings, among like-minded people.

Salons were at 'the very heart of the philosophic community' and thus integral to the process of Enlightenment. In the past, present, and future


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