Sense of Place Archive

Friday Video: Shift Change: Putting Democracy to Work

Shift Change examines the movement toward democratic, worker-owned businesses from the Mondragón Cooperative Corporation [MCC] in the Basque region of Spain to the recent creation of the Evergreen Cooperatives in Cleaveland, Ohio. Produced by Melissa Young and Mark Dworkin, this film explores a different kind of business model, putting communities and human lives above bottom line profits. You can
Category: Community Action

Interactive Discussion with Democracy Collaberative and Community Wealth.org–Please Join Us!

Are you interested in small-scale local economies and the role they can play in sustainable futures? We’d love for you to join us in sharing your ideas, questions, and concerns with members of Community-Wealth.org and the Demcoracy Collaberative. Community-Wealth.Org is a project of the Democracy Collaborative, an organization with the goal of  sustaining “a wide
Category: BDJ Partner Events

Sustainable Growing in the Region

I recently returned from the American Folklore Society Conference in New Orleans where I had the opportunity to spend time with, and learn from, numerous other cultural workers from around the world. I also had the chance to speak about the work we’re doing here in central Arkansas and all the amazing stories and people
Category: Arkansas

Early Documentation from Sulphur Springs

It’s been several months since we put out a call looking for stories from Sulphur Springs, a former resort community located near Harkey Valley in Yell County. There’s not much there now except a few houses and a cemetery, but in the late 1800s and early 1900s the healing springs attracted wealthy men and women
Category: Arkansas

MACS Students Discuss Cultural Sustainability and Social Justice at the American Folklore Society Meeting, 2012

This past week we attended (and presented–we’ll have more on that soon) at the annual American Folklore Society Meeting. For the next few days we’ll be recapping/ruminating upon some of the talks and discussions as well as sharing information about a few of the amazing people we met and the inspiring work they’re doing in
Category: Community Action

Meeting the Chickens, an update on the McElroy House Garden Book Project

The Seed and the Story is a weekly column exploring folklife, oral history, and community in central Arkansas, particularly the Yell County area where the column originates. The column is published in the Post Dispatch and is syndicated in the Courier and here on the blog.  In past columns I’ve discussed the work at the McElroy House: Organization for
Category: Arkansas

Rural Arts and Culture Map and Interactive Cultural Mapping

A few months ago we posted about the Art of the Rural’s attempt to acquire a Rural Digital Advocacy Grant for their collaborative project, the Rural Arts and Culture Map. They received the grant and last week launched the official version of Rural Arts and Culture Map, a digital, interactive map fueled by public participation. Hosted by
Category: Bioregionalism

Little Rock Stories Collaborative Training Event

A few months ago we posted about Little Rock Stories, a group working to document and share stories to help strengthen the Little Rock community. “We want people to share experiences and connect with others,” reads their project overview statement,”strengthening ties across the city and showing what their neighborhoods need to thrive.” Initially the group
Category: Arkansas

The Seed and the Story: A Changing Landscape and the Creation of Lake Dardanelle

The Seed and the Story is a weekly column exploring folklife, oral history, and community in central Arkansas, particularly the Yell County area where the column originates. The column is published in the Post Dispatch and is syndicated in the Courier.  Thanks so much for reading! Lake Dardanelle is one the region’s largest tourist attractions.  With numerous opportunities
Category: Uncategorized

Friday Video: Uprising of ’34

Today’s Friday Video tells the story of the General Strike of 1934, a little-known strike involving thousands of cotton mills workers during the Great Depression. The Uprising of 34  puts forth the question, “How could such a pivotal moment in American history be kept a secret for 60 years?” Produced by George Stoney, Judith Helfrand, and
Category: Uncategorized