Global Cooperation Depends on the Strength of Local Connections

Connected

The story of humanity is one of extraordinary cooperation but also terrible conflict. We come together to build cities, civilizations and cultures, but we also destroy these through violence against each other and degradation of our environment. Given that human nature is capable of both extremes, how can we design societies and institutions that help to bring out our better, more cooperative, instincts?

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A Vision of Community

Is there such an ideal as a higher consciousness, with respect to community? Many years ago, as a younger theatre artist living in Los Angeles, I was struggling in a polarized, competitive, theatre world. The various companies I worked with were scattered throughout the city, as a sort of medieval feudalistic society of fiefdoms, each competing for audiences and funding.

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Thomas Dean Kellogg is a professional writer, theatre artist and the Founder/ Director of  the Mentor Artists Playwrights Project (MAPP) www.mentorartists.org. For nearly two decades, he has worked with tribal, cultural arts, social service, and human rights organizations, and universities, implementing community arts-based literacy training, artist- mentored playwriting workshops, and professional presentations of the work, throughout North America. As a public speaker, he specializes in cross-cultural dialogue and the importance of arts education for all.

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The feet of many people circled around and pushing against a large rock
09/20/2017
Connected The story of humanity is one of extraordinary cooperation but also terrible conflict. We come together to build cities, civilizations and cultures, but we also destroy these through... read more
Hands in the shape of a circle
06/10/2014
Is there such an ideal as a higher consciousness, with respect to community? Many years ago, as a younger theatre artist living in Los Angeles, I was struggling in a polarized, competitive, theatre... read more
The feet of many people circled around and pushing against a large rock
09/20/2017
Connected The story of humanity is one of extraordinary cooperation but also terrible conflict. We come together to build cities, civilizations and cultures, but we also destroy these through... read more
Hands in the shape of a circle
06/10/2014
Is there such an ideal as a higher consciousness, with respect to community? Many years ago, as a younger theatre artist living in Los Angeles, I was struggling in a polarized, competitive, theatre... read more