Home

Last Thursday we opened up our second Mantle Project with a poem by 13th century poet Rumi which reads:

“Out beyond ideas of wrong-doing and right-doing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass, the world is too full to talk about. Ideas, language, even the phrase ‘each other’ doesn’t make any sense.”

Our hope for our second event was that we could help create that field and thanks to our storytellers such as a Patrick (Tea Party supporter) who told us about a confrontation with his son and learning the true meaning of love, and Linda (Occupy supporter) who told us about a trek to Everest base camp and coming to realize that her slow shuffle was her truth, it certainly feels like we got closer.

For those of you who were able to make it: we appreciate your support and please help us continue to improve The Mantle Project by giving us your feedback (one lucky survey-taker will win a $25 gift certificate to Amazon.com). Click here to take our survey.

For everyone else, check out a few snapshots from our event, below. Click here to view the full album.

The Mantle Project is a team effort. A big thank you to those who volunteered their time and effort to make last Thursday possible, notably Allison Daminger who helped with outreach and story coaching, Amanda Cayo who helped with marketing strategy and promotion, and of course our four storytellers: Alex Ingram, Patrick Humphries, Linda Jenkins, and Tammy Weitzman.

With our next event coming up this Thursday, a little about the four good folks who have volunteered to share their stories with us.

They include one GOP supporter, one Tea Party supporter (who sits on the steering committee of the Greater Boston area group), and two Occupy Boston supporters (one of whom joined the camp in Dewey Square two weeks after it launched). More specifically they are (in no particular order):
– Alex, an Air Force Airman originally from Broxton Georgia who works in catering and as an internet radio producer
– Tammy, a Canada native who has lived in Boston for the last seven years and serves as an oncology social worker
– Patrick, a native of Iowa who works as a software engineer and has lived in Boston for the last 26 years
– Linda, a lawyer, mother, and grandmother who works as a Unitarian Universalist lay Minister

Every four years the Presidential election comes around and brings with it a unique moment of self reflection. We hope that our event this Thursday can contribute to that spirit through a fun, engaging, but also deeper exploration of the stories that shape us.

For more info on Thursday’s event and to RSVP come visit our Facebook event page.

We’d also like to show our storytellers as much support as possible so if you have any friends/family/colleagues who may be interested in our event we would much appreciate if you sent them our Facebook event link.

Thanks for your support and hope to see you this week!
Nabil

We’ve booked a venue, recruited storytellers, and are scheduling story coaching workshops — this can only mean one thing: the production of our second Mantle Project event is under way.

Our last event had over 40 attendees and almost half of you responded to our follow-up survey — thank you!

Of the feedback you sent in, two themes surfaced: offer stories from multiple political perspectives, and give the audience an opportunity to ask questions.

With your feedback in mind, for our next event we’ve expanded our recruiting to include storytellers from across the political spectrum (from the Tea Party to Occupy Boston), and we’ll include a moderated Q&A.

We’re excited to tell you more about our next event in the days ahead and, in the meantime, mark your calendars for The Mantle Project II on Thursday October 18 at 8pm at the Cambridge YMCA in Central Square.

Oh, and check out (below) our beautiful new venue 😀

With love-
Nabil

What’s The Mantle Project?
It’s a live events series where people from across America’s political spectrum share stories of meaningful life experiences and the values they surfaced.

Why the name Mantle Project?
The word mantle has several relevant meanings, including the layer of rock below the Earth’s crust (or the values that lie below surface labels/affilitations); a shawl or covering (or the stories that we wear and take with us); and a responsibility that passes from one generation to the next (in the same ways that values sometimes do).

What’s your purpose?
To bring diverse perspectives together and spark a deeper dialogue.

Is this a community organizing project or an art project?
An art project.

What’s the impact of an art project?
A timeless question! What’s the impact of a documentary, a play, or a concert? Some would say it’s negligible; others would say it it touches us deeply and gives us a language for talking about important issues. You can guess which camp we fall into 🙂

Why storytelling and not say organizing a BBQ or holding a rally?
American psychologist Carl Rogers once said “what is most personal is most universal.” Storytelling is unique in how it provokes tellers to share a part of themselves and listeners to relate this to an experience in their life.

How is this relevant?
Today our media and politics seems to be increasingly polarized. This project intends to introduce a different point of view.

What can I compare this to?
Some would say we’re like a TED for values, a Moth for politics, or a This I Believe with a live studio audience (all programs that we humbly admire).

What are your metrics for success?
Number of people who attend an event, net promoter score in post-event surveys. The less tangible (and frankly more important) metrics include the change in perspective this project brings about in those who’ve experienced it.

How can I get involved?
We never thought you’d ask! We’re always on the lookout for new production, sponsorship, and syndication partners, as well as folks who can give us a hand on the ground. Specific needs include event production, social media development, and recruiting assistance. Give us a shout if you’re interested!

Sponsored Writing

The best Defensive Driving Course Online Texas has to offer is provided by Premier Defensive Driving. There is a difference with this online driving course, not only is approved by TEA but it is a course that works towards providing information that will make the Texas roadways the safest in the nation. Do you have a traffic ticket nagging at your driving record? Call Premiere Defensive Driving today and take the online class on defensive driving classes El Paso TX drivers trust to get tickets dismissed off their records. Traffic tickets left unresolved stay on your driving record. Get your ticket dismissed by taking the Premiere Defensive Driving online class on defensive driving classes in Tyler TX. Pass the class, present your certificate of completion to the judge and your ticket is dismissed. Traffic tickets go away if you pass the easy online course on defensive driving Lubbock TX drivers take at Premiere Defensive Driving. Call  today for complete information on how to get your traffic ticket dismissed and removed from your driving record for just $25. Get your traffic ticket dismissed with the Premiere Defensive Driving course on defensive driving online Arlington TX drivers trust. Take your completed class certification to court and your ticket will be removed from your driving record. Want an easy, cheap way to get your traffic ticket dismissed? Call Premiere Defensive Driving today to learn details of the online on defensive driving in Austin TX drivers use to get traffic tickets dismissed and taken off permanent driving records in Texas. Don’t worry about that traffic ticket. Simply take one of Premiere Defensive Driving’s online defensive driving classes Plano Texas drivers use to get traffic tickets dismissed and removed from their driving records for only $25. Call today for details. Do you have an outstanding parking ticket? Call Premiere Defensive Driving today and get it resolved in 6 hours. Take the quick, easy course on online defensive driving in Waco and get it dismissed and removed from your permanent driving record for $25! Outstanding traffic tickets remain on your driving record until resolved. Get your ticket dismissed and off your record with the online course on defensive driving Beaumont Texas trust. Call Premiere Defensive Driving today to see how for only $25! If you have an outstanding traffic ticket, Premiere Defensive Driving can help. Call today to learn about the affordable online defensive driving classes Garlands drivers can take to have tickets dismissed and taken off your driving record for just $25! Have you recently gotten a traffic ticket? Let Premiere Defensive Driving help to take care of it with the online defensive driving course Missouri City use to get traffic tickets dismissed and removed for driving records in Texas. Call for details today. Do you have an outstanding traffic ticket in Texas? Call Premiere Defensive Driving today for complete information about classes online defensive driving Temple TX trust. Your course certificate gets your ticket dismissed and taken off your record for just $25 Looking for an easy, affordable way to get your traffic ticket taken care of? Call Premiere Defensive Driving today for about the defensive driving classes College Station drivers can take to have tickets dismissed and removed from driving records. Stop worrying about your unresolved traffic ticket. Call Premiere Defensive Driving today and take the course on defensive driving online Grand Prairie TX drivers trust to get tickets dismissed. Call today and get your ticket taken off your driving record for just $25. Premiere Defensive Driving offers the easiest defensive driving in Texas traffic tickets dismissed and taken off permanent driving records. Call now to learn how to get your traffic ticket resolved for just $25!

Do you need an experienced commercial real estate company to manage your property? ALG Property Management provides professional commercial retail management services to make sure your properties are well managed and profitable.

If you are looking for real estate property management from industry experts with years of commercial real estate experience, call ALG Property Management today. We are the experts who manage commercial and residential properties.

Managing commercial or residential rental properties can be a daunting, overwhelming task. That’s why the commercial real estate professionals at ALG Property Management can provide a comprehensive list of rental property management services. Call today for complete information.

Do you need assistance with managing the complicated process of property building and renovation construction?  Take advantage of years of rehab and construction management experience from the commercial real estate experts at ALG Property Management.

Are you looking to hire a team of commercial real estate professionals to manager your property? Look no further than ALG Property Management. We are a full service property management company with years of experience in managing commercial properties.

Do you own commercial or residential properties in need of professional management services? ALG Property Management has the property management services San Antonio TX property owners need to keep commercial properties running smoothly and at a profit.

If you manage a homes, apartment buildings, or condominiums, you don’t have to do it alone. The professional residential property management services at ALG Property Management will keep your property running smoothly and profitably.

ALG Property Management has available the quality of single family property management San Antonio trusts with their properties. Call us today and learn about the comprehensive services offered to help with the management of your residential properties.

When researching the best Birthday Party Venue Orlando simply has one: Mia’s Italian Kitchen. Your guests will enjoy fine Italian cuisine with authentic, gourmet flavor. Use the coordinator to plan your event. That way, everyone has the perfect seat and a meal they will remember for a long time to come. Visit their site now and learn more.

The best Italian Restaurants in Orlando are the ones with cuisine that makes your mouth water. That’s just what you’ll find at Mia’s Italian Kitchen. With a wide array of appetizers, drinks, and main dishes, everyone will find something they love. Plus, it’s made fresh so you don’t have to worry about quality.

Mia’s Italian Kitchen boasts the greatest Happy Hour in International Drive Orlando has ever seen. It’s no wonder the spot is so popular with tourists and locals alike. From the authentic cuisine to the excellent attention to detail, you get your value and fun at the same time.

Mia’s Italian Kitchen is known for serving the absolute Best Sunday Brunch in Orlando. Mimosas, appetizers, sweets, and more are all yours. Once you pay, you can come back for limitless options. It’s the best way to celebrate on Sunday with everyone that you care about.

A nice Orlando Thanksgiving Dinner starts with reserving a post at Mia’s Italian Kitchen. From there, the host or hostess will take you to your seat. You’ll be able to pick from a fine selection of quality ingredients. This dedication to service and speed is what makes Mia’s so unique.

Mia’s Italian Kitchen proudly offers authentic tasty Italian Catering in Orlando for everyone. It’s not every day you get to taste the old country right in Orlando. However, that is the case with this well-rated restaurant. There is a reason it is loved by locals and tourists just the same.

When trying to discover the best company for Wedding Catering Orlando makes it pretty easy. It’s Mia’s Italian Kitchen. There is simply no other restaurant that has a catering service on this level. The quality and attention to customer service will have you feeling more than pleased.

Mia’s Italian Kitchen is the cream of the crop when it comes to Convention Center Restaurant in Orlando,  FL. It’s no wonder it constantly ranks up at the top of the reviews for the cuisine it carries. You’ll love everything you eat and the great Italian ambiance that comes with it.

Wouldn’t it be nice to have an Orlando Birthday Party Space that wasn’t tacky? That’s where Mia’s Italian Kitchen comes in. You will feel like you have been transported to Italy right in that moment. From the beautiful art, to the music, and the lighting, everything is perfect for a party space.

The words Sell My House San Antonio Fast have probably crossed your mind if you want to get cash for your home quickly. But it might seem hard, due to how long and stressful most home closing processes are. But FixerUpper4Cash has a special process to remove the frustration and get you money fast. Call them today.

If you’re looking for a Cash Home Buyer in Round Rock Texas then look no further. Will and Phil at FixerUpper4Cash can help you sell your house quick and they’re just a phone call away so don’t hesitate.

When people look for House Buyers Austin TX can trust they see that FixerUpper4Cash is the best option for them. It’s a no brainer to turn your property into a liquid asset ASAP.

If you want a Family Photographer Austin TX truly trusts then Claire with Rising Oak Images is the best option. She stands out amongst family photographers. She can take photography within any environment. You’ll be ecstatic about your Family portraits and the positive feedback surrounding the images is at the highest of levels.

If you need Newborn Photography in Austin, Texas than contact Rising Oak Images. The pictures will make a statement in your life and the memories will be captured as best as possible.

Are you on the hunt for Maternity Photography Austin, TX trusts then reach out to Rising Oak Images. They provide the best moment capturing out there. Don’t do it yourself, let everyone be a part of that moment and let a professional capture such an endearing moment.

A lot of people don’t know that there are professionals that can capture the magic of your children’s growth throughout the year. If you need an Austin Children’s Photographer, then reach out to Rising Oak Images. Here you’ll be able to see the progression of your child’s growth through the lens of Claire.