The Big Bang of Collective Action: The Question

3 min readApr 20, 2017

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.

And please know, “ The Big Bang of Collective Action” is also a tool. It is meant to be used. So please interact with it by clicking links, leaving a comment, sharing it with a friend, sketching an idea, recording a video response, and/ or writing your own post.

February 15, 2016

Less than one month after beginning

Over a phone call

Crossing this country

A question is asked by

Kate Folwer in Whitesburg, KY

Of herself

Of her community

Of me in San Francisco, CA

What are our desired futures?

And it inspires

A journey

Of finding what is beautiful about our home

Of creating ways of being that sustain collective action

Of asking questions and asking questions and asking questions some more


A movement

Of people coming together over distance, age, and time

Of presence physical and virtual

Of plural forms


A practice

Of peer learning

Of active listening

Of personal inquiry

Kate Fowler, Whitesburg, KY

One year and nine days later

February 24, 2017

Over a another phone call

Again crossing this country

A different question is asked by

Me in San Francisco, CA

Of myself

Of my community

Of Kate Fowler in Whitesburg, KY

Where are you now?

And it reveals

The unravelling

Of assumptions

Of politics

Of chains


The similarities

Of stories

Of belonging and place

Of mobility and rootedness


The complexities

Of learning how to unlearn that which we hold true

Of broadening rather than narrowing

Of intersecting identities


This day has no date

There is no phone call

Crossing this country

It has no caller

Or receiver

Just questions asked

Of your self

Of your community

Of my self

What are our desired futures?

Where are you now?

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




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