A crash course in changing the world.
This video incorporates my collection of physical objects that embody pieces of wisdom from my culture. It is also a parody of Steve Martin’s The Jerk (go to the 1:50 mark), though instead of hoarding unnecessary things I think I need (a traditional pattern of my culture, as seen in The Jerk), I am taking the things I truly WANT.
And in this instance, they are all items that are not only important to me, but important, I believe, for future generations. Hence, "The Elder." The items, also echoing the challenges we face in the world today, are:
1) Deck of Cards (social innovation) - an item from my grandfather that is a reminder to have fun and enjoy life; and in another sense, as Jane McGonigal has said, "Gaming can change the world"
2) Corn husker (food security) - this is another item from my grandfather, something he used in the fields and embodies hard work and security for family and others
3) Pillow (power shift) - though not used in the traditional sense of energy and power, the pillow symbolizes a reminder to revitalize the earth and our bodies
4) Reusable water bottle (water crisis) - need I say more?
5) Wallet (future of money) - perhaps the item I use the most, it represents the many ways in which we can exchange resources with one another (such as my neighbor giving me batteries for my camera in order to film this movie)
6) Ring (empowering women) - this specific ring was one made by an ancestor of mine in a Civil War prison...talk about social change and empowerment
7) Reusable shopping bag (urban resilience) - such innovation represents planning and resourcefulness
And even my shirt and hat are an embodiment of what I wish to share: be colorful :)