Taking a little break in editing the Community Lover's Guide to Hackney, and reviewing plans for workshops and activities with parents at Furness Primary in Willesden. I've already been enjoying watching the sun rise above Willesden Junction station on my early morning trips to the school breakfast club. But I just came across Dance Willesden by Rose Rouse. Apart from the fact that watching a group of people dressed in bright red dance up and down the side of Willesden station is bound to bring a smile to your face, i think there are some interesting and important things going on here.
A lot of the projects that fascinate me are the ones where people don't wait for permission, or funds, or services - but who take small actions to change the world around them for the better. And do it in a way that keeps the door open for others to experience, collaborate and join in.
There is something quite magical about the moment a guy in a flourescent jacket does a tiny dance move, hanging back a little. And just wait until you see the bus driver let loose!
Rose notes something key to this way of doing things: "breaking down the wall between participants and audience dissolves the wall of criticism"
It's often the case that we see an 'us and them' situation - with services, us the taxpayers, them the council. With campaigner, us the downtrodden, them the ones holding power. With companies, us the consumer, them the producer. Dancing in the street might not be your thing, but there are a lot of other ways we can work together in a more equal and open manner.
Thank you Rose for being brave enough to dance in the streets and share it.