Bubble Theory of Social Change: Devil 0/ Funlovers 1,000,000

February 9, 2010

Praise to you who are tender.
Praise to you who conjure joy.
Praise to you who leap speed-bumps of difference.
Praise to you who affirm others at the drop of a hat.
Praise to you who dance, sing, laugh, cry, and speak of love without restraint.
Praise to you who in social awkward moments risk embarrassment in order to connect.
For you bind, bond, play, heal, renew, weave the world again and again.
Thank you!
Those who divide (d/evil) un-do others, but in the long run there is no point to it. Hence, da devil gets NO POINT- Zero!

Here’s a new theory of social change. I call it the bubble theory. Instead of becoming one big circle, maybe we need bubbles, lots and lots of bubbles of pro-activty, moving, bumping, overlapping, saying thank you. (Did you know that hydrogen passes by oxygen 17 times till it connects to makes water?—someone check me on that…i heard it through the grapevine).

How do bodies want to organize? Like bubbles! Like atoms, molecules, cells, dividing (in creative ways) multiplying, bit by bit. They want to be both part of the fountain of life and a unique contributor.

Historic change and challenge seems to produce more bubbles. Maybe we’re a soup that is heating up. The constraints and limits of our situation are like a lid. When the lid goes on, the soup heats up. More and more bubbles. Maybe is good. Soup needs to be hot, not luke warm.

All this is to say, I think the time of bubbles is here and InterPlay is one of the bubble factories! YAY!

I see rampant indications of young and old people who are oddly bubbly (when not completely depressed). I see bubblicious actions popping up everywhere.
And these bubbles cannot be stopped. They are colliding, connecting, and multiplying-bubbles of buoyant embodied beauty, fun, and connection. The bubbles are popping up in unexpected places-halls of science, academic meetings, down in the dumps, slums, and in our homes.

Here are bits of evidence from the InterPlay Bubble Factory

· Million Connections Campaign celebrating all kinds of wonder: Our score since October nears 50,000 (and I haven’t even logged my India connections!)

· Arts for Social Change: InterPlay for Next Gen Leaders: We already have signups for the 15 slots

· New InterPlay groups starting in Kansas City, Portland, Ashland, Montana, Ohio, Chennai India, etc etc.

· Outreach to St. Mary’s Homeless Seniors in Oakland

and on and on…

Praise be to bubbles and to all the ways we are moving…


20th Anniversary Bash!

October 20, 2009

Hey, who knew?

20 years ago, did we imagine that a class of a dozen or so people and a performing group of 4 would turn into a global social movement and a performing company of over 20? Not hardly, although we did admit quietly amongst ourselves that we wanted to change the world.

Did we think we would still be doing it 20 years later? Probably not. But regardless of what we intended, since we have been at it for a long time, we should have a big party to celebrate, don’t you think?

In the InterPlay universe, we’re ready to celebrate the smallest step, the most incremental accomplishment, the tiny act of courage, because we know that if you keep at it, eventually it adds up to something. InterPlay hasn’t spread like wildfire, but by just keepin’-goin’, one small connection at a time.

And yes, we’re gonna celebrate!

This weekend WING IT! will perform three times, including the reunion of all four original company members.

Oct. 23-25, Fri & Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm
at InterPlayce, 2273 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94612

On Saturday evening, November 7, we will have a wonderful free-fundraising-event-birthday-extravaganza with dessert, entertainment, inspiration and hoopla! And we’ll introduce the Million Connections Campaign. That’s how many InterPlay connections we plan to make in just three years! You can help by logging in your connections at interplay.org.

And if you’re in the Bay Area, we’re hoping to make a connection with you on November 7 and at the WING IT! concerts.

Come join the party!


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