Last week, I drew this little picture about some of my sources of knowledge. I think that each of us has a unique knowledge base, that forms because of the people and situations we come across. This week, I’d like to think about how that affects the things we care about, and what we can bring to a conversation on equality.
Think about how you were first introduced to the things that are important to you. Did someone tell you about that book, movie or song you love more than any other? How did you get your job, choose the things you study, learn the skills you possess? And, how did you develop an interest in the social justice issue that concerns you the most?
Social justice and equality are concepts that are made up of so many different aspects and issues. We might know more about, or try to find more information on a few of these, depending on the interests we develop. With the knowledge we collect, we put together different sets of concerns, and each of these is essential to the conversation on equality.
Whether you want to talk about issues around ability, age, animal rights, class, culture, education, gender, sex, identity, race, privilege, or anything else that’s going on in the world, you bring your specific knowledge and interests to the conversation, and this is important. Each of us has something to contribute, and something to introduce the people around us to.
Chalk With Me needs your unique knowledge, and wants to incorporate your concerns into this project, to get more and more ideas on equality. Heidi and I put our different sets of knowledge, concerns and ideas together on a daily basis to chalk, and I know I have learnt a lot from Heidi and this process. It can lead to fantastic things, like this bit of chalking we did over the weekend.
Share your concerns – we’ll listen 🙂