1. springboardarts:

    More thoughts about the Kirkbride building from Michele Anderson at our Fergus Falls office.  Thanks for sharing Michele!  We always welcome you “weird” thoughts and ideas!

    Somehow I thought that if the day came that Fergus Falls decided to move forward with a developer and save the Kirkbride, that there would be something to the equivalent of fireworks and hugs and parades. That was not the case tonight, but I guess that’s why I work in the arts and not in the business world. After a special meeting and closed session, the announcement was made to develop a letter of intent with Historic Properties, a developer from California. And people seemed very… underwhelmed. 

    I have such mixed feelings right now. To steal a preservation term normally used to describe the environmental impact of demolishing historic buildings, I think this underwhelmed feeling comes from the fact that the Kirkbride is so full of embodied [cultural] energy. Its uncertain fate has bridged relationships that never would have existed before. Its past calls for healing and honor to patients and staff from the tumultuous history of institutionalization for things like melancholy and post-partum depression, and for a holistic way for this community to reflect on how it has been shaped by this institution, both positively and negatively. And I think what happened is that as of now, listening to plans of a boutique hotel, restaurants and apartments, the community no longer sees itself in the building as clearly as when they were fighting to save it.

    I am glad that it looks like the building is going to be saved, but I also wish that collaboration and community engagement had been at the top of the list of priorities that the city looked for in proposals. There was another proposal that was so much more authentic to what this community is and can be, but its plans were too ambitious for the council to get behind, and the partnerships required to make it happen would have taken longer than the city was willing to wait. How do those of us who are committed to this type of slow knowledge and holistic development convince others that the wait is worth it?

    I wish that I could do more, speak up more and honestly to be taken more seriously with my weird ideas about dealing with this place. Despite attention at the state and national level on the work I’ve been doing in this area, right here in my own town it can be very frustrating at times to be a young, female leader, and I’ve only been able to be involved in this conversation when I force myself into it.

    Still, I have no option but to be hopeful right now, and I am. I am even more committed to playing a role in activating the creative reuse potential that we have here in Fergus Falls, and helping the developers unravel it into feasible ideas and plans. I especially hope that sooner than later the fate of this building turns into a puzzle that the whole community is putting together, rather than this chess game where we are anticipating each other’s moves and therefore not living in the present and making our picture narrower and more exclusive, instead of bigger and more interconnected. Time will tell, and there is still a lot of work to do. We are just at the beginning. To quote Aldous Huxley, “nothing short of everything will do.”

    Read more about my thoughts on the Kirkbride here and here.

    ” ‘Patriotism is not enough.’ But neither is anything else. Science is not enough, religion is not enough, art is not enough, politics and economics are not enough, nor is love, nor is duty, nor is action however disinterested, nor, however sublime, is contemplation. Nothing short of everything will really do.”

                      -Aldous Huxley, Island

  2. Check out #KindnessBoomerang, the 5 min viral music video that sparked the Kindness Revolution!  http://thndr.it/1n2rXQT

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  3. "This is the most most heinous thing I’ve learned in my two years compiling Fatal Encounters. You know who dies in the most population-dense areas? Black men. You know who dies in the least population dense areas? Mentally ill men. It’s not to say there aren’t dangerous and desperate criminals killed across the line. But African-Americans and the mentally ill people make up a huge percentage of people killed by police."

    What I’ve Learned from Two Years Collecting Data on Police Killings

    and especially men and women at the intersections of blackness or brownness and mental disability.

    (via disabilityhistory)

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  5. Gardens that take care of us : The Lancet Neurology

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    Gardens that take care of us. By - Adrian Burton


    The idea that gardens can have calming, restorative, and even healing effects is certainly not new to western medicine. InVictorian Britain, gardens were an important feature of many psychiatric hospitals. In the modern design of hospital and care-facility gardens, however, landscape architects are looking to understand and maximise these effects for different types of patient. via https://www.facebook.com/therapeuticlandscapes “In the case of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, we now know enough about the implications of changes in spatial cognition to create gardens that are accessible, supportive, and prosthetic”, explains Clare Cooper Marcus (University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA). “For example, the Living Garden at the Family Life Center (designed by Martha Tyson) in Grand Rapids, Michigan (USA), is [first] designed to be safe for patients. It is visible from a frequently used indoor space since residents may forget it is there. Entry from a single door to a level garden path, which is a simple figure-of-eight loop with recognisable landmarks along the way, enables people to navigate with no confusing right or left turns or dead ends that could give rise to agitation or anger. The return of the path to that single door prevents any confusion as to how to re-enter the building, and all parts of the garden are visible to the staff.”
    Rick Passo's insight:

    Nice article about  Gardens in Health Care conference. It was a good one! 


    The Therapeutic Landscapes Network is a knowledge base and gathering space about healing gardens, restorative landscapes and other green spaces that promote health and well-being. We are an international, multidisciplinary community of designers, health and human service providers, scholars and gardeners. Though our focus is broad, our primary emphasis is on evidence-based design and landscapes in healthcare settings.

    Naomi Sachs, ASLA@healinggarden

    Director of the Therapeutic Landscapes Network: Connecting people with nature to promote health and well-being.



    See on thelancet.com
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    TED talks dive into a bit of everything, including agriculture. Among the many to choose from, we’ve pulled out 5 AgTech TED Talks must-see’s.


    Cori is a multimedia journalist and digital producer for AgFunderNews. With a background in environmental engineering and sociocultural anthropology, her work focuses on the intersection of environmental science, finance and social interest. Cori holds her M.S. in Journalism from Columbia University. You can follower her on twitter @coricapik.

    Rick Passo's insight:


    AgFunderNews is the one-stop-shop for learning about all things Ag. Covering Ag and AgTech startups, innovations and studies, AgFunderNews explores the intersection between finance and Ag. We want to give you the news about today’s Ag and tomorrow’s changes.


    An online syndication platform connecting investors with ag investment opportunities



    MIA-NYC. Pilot, foodie, and ag enthusiast. Digital Producer for @AgFunder and Producer of Spears: The Gospel According to Britney. @columbiajourn grad 



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“Dream of Mindanao of being independent economically will remain an elusive dream if present Mindanao leaders will always forget to empower the poorest of the poor in Mindanao. This is the reason why armed conflict always flourish in the country’s second biggest island because the mass based are always forgotten” - Beverly Del Valle, urban poor leader in Caraga region.