On Tuesday, we kicked off the planning process for how Social Transformation Project can best support and challenge its network in 2016 and beyond. We opened the morning with an introduction exercise called “The Story of Your Name,” which elicited some rich conversation and we learned some surprising, fun tidbits about each other.
For example, I didn’t know Eugene is Eric to his family, or that he shares his name with a famous female K-pop star! We learned that Edie has a green thumb for garden and community wherever she lands. When looking for a co-schemer, Jodie is a great choice, possibly because she has the best shoes. Leila is a modern dancer and her name means the way sunlight shines through dew in the morning. Eden is a world traveler with a saucy sense of humor that bubbles up just when you need it. Alison can ride a bicycle carrying 77 things, including a tropicana vase full of tall-stemmed flowers. We’re pretty sure one of Ide’s ancestor’s had an outdoor hearth, but the important thing we all agree is that Ide is cool as hell.
Here we are, being silly at the end of the day. I’m no soothsayer, the Wu (巫) in my name notwithstanding, but it looks like we’re going to have fun in the coming weeks!
(left to right) Idelisse Malavé, Amy Wu, Jodie Tonita, Leila Talore and family (on clipboard), Edie Irons, Eugene Eric Kim, Eden Kidane, Alison Lin (front).