The Big Bang of Collective Action: The Beginning

This is part of “The Big Bang of Collective Action”, a nonlinear list essay by me, Jason Wyman, Impact Producer for The Alliance for Media Arts and Culture. It captures in its simple complexity the breadth of The Alliance’s Youth Media Collective Action Initiative.

Each “bullet” in the list contains both a visual code and a story. Some stories are metaphor. Some are poetry. Others are summaries. And even one is a worksheet. It is my humble attempt to synthesize the collective and manifest its wisdom in the form that works best for that collective wisdom.

“The Big Bang of Collective Action” is meant to be read in whatever manner moves you. At the end of this post is a visual table of contents. Click whichever CODE catches your eye or makes you want to click.

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My name is Jason Wyman, and I am one of the Impact Producers for The Alliance for Media Arts and Culture’s Youth Media Collective Action Initiative. It is my hope to tell a collection of stories that begins to lay a framework for the work done by The Alliance and its growing network over the last twelve months.

Jason, Myah, and Izza at the national launch of the 50-State Dinner Party Project at SoleSpace in Oakland, CA, June 2016.

Our work began in February 2016 with a single idea: bring youth, adults, and elders together around a shared meal to explore the question, “What are our desired futures?” It also began because four people — Wendy Levy, Myah Overstreet, Izza Anwar, and myself — said yes to embracing the unknown, to letting something emerge rather than set a course. And it began in The Mix@SFPL, the Teen Center of the San Francisco Public Library, a public institution who saw value in shared space between youth, adults, and elders.

It has evolved into an initiative of dinners, video roundtables, publications, and symbols that brings people of all ages, bodies, geographies, practices, affiliations, and histories into the creative and organizing process. It is an epoch of solidarity, of love for community, of a commitment to values / ethics all done during a contentious election year, where mainstream stories spun myths of division and divisiveness.

This is an essay of stories resisting dominant narratives.

The first prototyping dinner at The Mix@SFPL, the Teen Center of the San Francisco Public Library, March 2016

Click HERE for “The Big Bang of Collective Action” Table of Contents.