[This concept is in ideation stage.]
Imagine if Ted Talks, the Red Tent Movement, and Front Porch Radio mashed up into pop-up livestream gatherings from living rooms, front porch stoops and kitchen tables across the globe. Real people turning to one another, holding conversations for the common good & reclaiming our cultural narrative from a mass media that is manufractured in outrageous soundbites & spun way too fast. Our nation is embracing the ethos of Slow Food & Slow Money… it’s about time for Slow Media in the hands of the people.
Salons will be tied to a branded YESTORIES monthly subscription box program of coffee and tea as a focus point for hosts. Families, neighbors, and colleagues can all form a YESTORY pod around their area of interest or pick and choose amongst a variety of topics.
“Change the Story, Change the Future” David Korten
A grassroots revival of old-fashioned salons, but live-streamed from locals from their phones or computers and hosted online by topic for sharing. Finally, remashed by a team of editors to produce compilations of current trends. Emerging technology such as 360-degree live-streaming capabilities just went live on YouTube (with cameras actually being affordable), which opens a virtual reality dimension where non-local viewers may participate as if they were in the room. Holograms can’t be far behind.
The revolution will not be televised, it will be live-streamed!
Imagine the inverse of a Ted Talk. Instead of a well-rehearsed “expert” on stage, delivering a prepared speech to a ticketed audience in a formal setting, YESTORIES salons will be self-organizing, curated and moderate get-togethers hosted by inspired citizens from home. Salons will elevate the “commoner,” those extraordinary Ellas, Fellas & Stellas in each community who might more comfortably share their stories & insights in the familiarity of a home environment.
Our goal is to encourage a curious exploration of what is possible. Getting to YES!!!!
Flexible formats are encouraged: one on one interviews, panel discussions and round table discussion with or without audience participation will be permissible & up to the host.
“TURNING TO ONE ANOTHER” by Margaret Wheatley
There is no power greater than a community discovering what it cares about.
Ask: “What’s possible?” not “What’s wrong?” Keep asking.
Notice what you care about. Assume that many others share your dreams.
Be brave enough to start a conversation that matters. Talk to people you know. Talk to people you don’t know. Talk to people you never talk to.
Be intrigued by the differences you hear. Expect to be surprised. Treasure curiosity more than certainty.
Invite in everybody who cares to work on what’s possible. Acknowledge that everyone is an expert about something. Know that creative solutions come from new connections.
Remember, you don’t fear people whose story you know. Real listening always brings people closer together.
Trust that meaningful conversations can change your world.
Rely on human goodness. Stay together.
The primary vehicle will be monthly salons with locals gathered to share stories and solutions. Others can virtually join any conversation & feel immersed in the gathering as if they are there using 360-degree livestream technology. Hosts will have to apply and be approved to join the network, but will be a self-organizing independent pod thereafter with best practices and perks for doing so. With flexible formatting, this will spread in grassroots fashion like the Red Tent movement and can be hosted informally out of living rooms or in a more formal but still cozy meeting space.
Inspirations and possible collaborations: Yes! Magazine and Positive News.