The spring 2016 residency featured visionary activist Caroline W. Casey is the host-creator, weaver of context for “The Visionary Activist Show” on Pacifica Radio Network Pacifica station KPFA (94.1) in Northern California , replayed on L.A.s KPFK (and can be heard live on the web. The show is dedicated to: anything we need to know to have a democracy; critique and solution; and the acknowledgement that we humans cannot solve the innumerable rude crises we’ve imposed on our planetary kin – by ourselves. It’s “by ourselves” that got us into this pickle. Let a willingness to cooperate with everything emerge from the smoldering ruins of dominance. Hence Democratic Animism. Her guests are leading contributors to a culture of reverent ingenuity, all teased into pertinence., and has been called “one of the best radio shows in America.”
Her keynote Presentation was “Electing the Earth-Inaugurating our Guiding Story,” which she described as:
The world is raging – so let’s be the balm! Agents of cool response in a hot reactive world. By wedding activism with animism, by re-uniting all that’s been falsely estranged, Science with Myth, Intellect with Heart – we become effective agents of Reverent Renaissance. Co-Operators are standing by! Some are mythological. Some ancestral, fictional, historic. Our lead narrator will be Scheherazade, the quintessential Compassionate Trickster; through her eloquent plucky defiance, she not only liberates women, the land, but even the tyrant who has hardened his heart. She offers us a Valentine’s bouquet of stories whereby humans can be healed by the earth in order to heal the earth.
She also delivered a workshop, “Convening Coyote Council of Cultural Influence,” in which she looked at the magic of language, and the art of critique and blessing.