It’s been an age since I’ve been here – and thank you to Parallel for having their sweet image and text up for an entire year. Welcome to the world Ottilie – reason for the hiatus – and also Storefront Institute.
Over the past months, I’ve been working with the wonderful Kate Griffin on developing this new cultural and learning institution. Storefront Institute is about learning for life’s sake. Working across different fields – the breadth of culture and the humanities, neuroscience and psychology, social sciences and therapeutic practices – Storefront Institute brings together interesting, challenging, transformative perspectives on how to live a meaningful life.
Much of the thinking for Storefront Institute comes from my research, interviews and conversations around Joe’s Daughter – how we think about our lives, how we can do so through the filters of culture and therapeutic disciplines, and how it is our use of language and narrative that encapsulates personal experience and affects wider social issues.
Over the course of a year with Joe’s Daughter I was fortunate to meet and talk with a wide range of people – from psychologists to directors, visual artists to academics, activists and graphic designers – on figuring out how we approach once single subject, mental health. Only some of that material appeared here, much of it remains in notes, or recorded files, and hopefully will make its way out into the world in some form. Thank you to everyone that was open to chatting, that read the posts when I got around to them, and said hi.
If you are still mulling over that question of how to best live our lives, right here, right now, and if you want to continue the conversation, visit Storefront Institute – it's the physical and programmatic embodiment of the some of the work of Joe’s Daughter.