I was honored to be invited to perform and speak for a group of community members in Greeley some weeks ago in celebration of the city's creative district. I began with a performance of Slum Story, a spoken word piece and photo slideshow that questions the ethics of aid work in the Kisenyi slum in Kampala, Uganda.
I then gave a talk that expands on the themes outlined in the poem. When working as a guest in a marginalized community, how can we stay fluid in the face of uncertainty? How can we redefine success to allow us to rebound from our perceived mistakes? How can use our critical thinking as a springboard to take some critical action?
Critical Action: Staying Fluid in the Face of Uncertainty
Thank you to the wonderful and gracious staff of the City of Greeley for your help organizing this inspiring event and for recording the content so professionally. I wish you luck with your growing creative district, and I hope to return to Greeley soon!