"Buy ice and fry it." A Bajan saying, meaning to waste money. A beautiful example of the delightful perspicuity of West Indian vernacular, the richness of which is perhaps unparalleled in the English-speaking world. Too much ice is fried in the worlds of public health, education, and social services.
"Fried ice" also represents a phase shift, as ice becomes liquid becomes steam, as more energy is absorbed. As new energy - new funding, new staff, partners, information, or new thinking - become available to social justice-oriented organizations, or to an artist, a phase shift can occur, resulting in expansion, greater potential energy, greater force.
Two sides of a coin.
An irresistible title for this blog, which I intend to be a discussion forum on what works in communications, and in addressing or at least mitigating the root causes of those many areas my clients, other nonprofits, educators and similar entities and individuals work daily to address. By "what works" I mean expanding our thinking and opening our eyes to what lies beyond the usual lists of "best practices" and "evidence-based" approaches. Those approaches we know in our hearts are right, that we see have the desired effect with the people and communities we serve, that are holistic, that make common sense, and that can be very difficult to measure and "prove."
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Yours in the Struggle - Carla
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Carla is a dancer, writer, observer, spouse, sister, daughter, aunt, friend, expatriated New Yorker turned Maine-iac, and warrior for a saner world. For less interesting details, check her out on LinkedIn.