The Hinge Decade: What Will Be the Story of This Time?

We had an exhilarating final fall session of “Hearts in Action: Creative Responses to Climate Change.” To those who wanted to come but couldn’t, we missed you. Stay tuned for spring 2018 happenings.

1 – The last group meeting was larger than usual (maybe 20) but we fit snugly into the conference room at the Science and Engineering Library. We were students, faculty, librarians, staff and community members.
2 – Lena offered a beautiful introduction to a 3-minute meditation; we sat again for a minute at the end, to integrate the experience.
3 – We watched excerpts of this passionate presentation by philosopher Kathleen Dean Moore, author of Great Tide Rising: Towards Clarity and Moral Courage. Moore refers to this time we are in as a “hinge decade,” and asks us what kind of story we are all co-creating for our collective future.
4 – We talked in pairs about which “stones” we will “chuck into the river.” Go to minute 37:30 for the analogy.
5 – We shared in the bigger group about what our “stones” are. Some added how heavy or large their stone felt, and what kind of help they needed to chuck it.


What an honor it is to be doing this inner and outer work together, as a community, at UMass.


Reference Services Librarian, W.E.B. Du Bois Library, University of Massachusetts Amherst. Liaision to Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning, Stockbridge School of Agriculture, and Hillel.

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