Week Thirty Five (whoo!)

 …She is the only one I hope to see again. She’s the only one I wonder about. I hope she wonders about me too.

The book: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling

 The memory: 

I did not enjoy this book very much. That excerpt above is the only one in the book that had heart. That is all.

However, today is a great day! In keeping with celebrating my moments in New York, this morning I awoke to this email:

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In which my reaction went:

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By some giant stroke of good fortune, I was selected as one of the “creatives” to participate in this Storytelling Hack! One of my amazing friends here, Laura P, posted this on my facebook wall and wrote, “It’s like they got together to put on this event just for you.” I applied a day after the final deadline, but I still crossed my fingers nonetheless. I will need to explore why this event, of all the others, has more meaning to me. In the meantime, this is from the re3 StoryHack about page:

The most important issues deserve the best storytellers.

React to the world around you. Rethink the way important issues are communicated.Resolve confusion about some of today’s greatest challenges.The Re3 StoryHack is an experiment, but damn, it’s an important one. It’s time to expand the boundaries of justice-focused persuasive storytelling.

We’re asking changemakers to propose specific stories relating to complex issues like economic fairness, climate change, educational opportunity, and many more.

We’re offering creative storytellers the chance to choose one of ten selected stories and work with top-notch teammates. Over the Re3 StoryHack weekend, we will innovate new ways of thinking and communicating these stories in language; written, visualized, performed, coded and more.

An interactive exhibit? Excellent. Flash mob? Sure. App? Why not. Sculpture? Perfect. Print piece? Absolutely. There is absolutely no limitation of medium for the teams’ final outputs as long as they tell captivating, powerful stories.

If you want a bit more clarity about what this is all about, check out our FAQ and these sample stories we’ve put together.

Changemakers and creative storytellers with a conscience, start your engines.

End, Memory Moment Thirty Five.

Next Week: Bossypants by TIna Fey

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