Last April I did another project presentation again here in Bread Homes. This time it was about all the projects of ORGANIC MINDS and what we truly believe as an individual, as an organization, and as activists promoting the importance of building an intentional community. The event was the annual homeowners’ general assembly and it was attended by more than fifty people who are members of the association, mostly parents, and including some politicians, lawyers, and other so called professionals. But the thing is, some of these so called important people missed my presentation because they were awfully very late during the event.
I was satisfied by the way it turned out but I also noticed that during my talk, there were people who “raised eyebrows” and thought what I’m talking about were very impossible ideas and very radical to swallow and digest. I understand their skepticism but I just think it’s not a positive one. Maybe if I can try to analyze their background, I can understand why it seems far away from the essence of what I’m talking and promoting. At the moment, the only person I know who are showing interest in collaborating with us is the president of the “senior citizens’ association” of this subdivision. Through phone, we talked about planning a program together for their organization. I’m still hoping we can find more interesting people here that might want to help or be part of the gardening project or whatever things they want to do with.
Through this program we can also practice our skills in teaching and explaining things and also some important factors in a family or in a community. With this we can also aid them in developing their skills in art and music as a way to express their thoughts and feelings for the sake of their health and happiness. Although we fail to maintain the consistency of this project due to other activities and yes, lack of volunteers at the moment, I can fairly say that the children not only learned (and will continue learn) from the project but also enjoyed the moment like how they enjoyed their freedom through playing with their friends. Some of the workshops we gave are: music, anti-MSG/Aspartame/GMO poster making, recycling, basic drawing and coloring, zine making, collage art, and basic painting. Speaking of this program, we would like to thank our friend Arvin from Manila and Gopesh from Oregon for helping us. And also to Arvin’s friend Mr. Cheng who donated worth 5,000 Php of chairs from his company Uratex. We really appreciate what they did as it helps us make this program effective and more possible.
In addition, we are also starting to introduce the Really Really Free Market (RRFM) now to the people there. The last time we did it, it was great! There were lots of curious people came by and asked questions, some of them are people who are working in the government. Hopefully they are familiar now to the beautiful concept of this action or event and give their part in the future.