Conversations on Community

This episode we meet Mike Porter in a coffee shop in Fredericksburg and discuss his take on Community. We dive into his community with Little Fish Comics and how they helped him out of a rough time. We move into his thoughts on how artistic communities can help at first but then later on they can turn into services provided instead of a mentor mentee relationship. We look at competition in a community situation. 



If you want to be part of the conversation email us at KDOIPODCASTING@GMAIL.COM and we will send you a list of 11 topics we are covering with definitions and a few quotes to get you started. Come with your own or argue that the definitions provided are meaningless and wrong, tell us why you disagree with the quotes. 

Welcome back friends, Welcome to KDOI Podcasting Kimo’s Den of Iniquity where we create more than we consume, I am your head instigator Timothy Kimo Brien. Many times creating art is done in imposed isolation or away from our audience. When we do that we can often feel like we are the only person doing the art we are doing and we may never find our intended audience. I is important to find our community, to learn, to challenge, to inspire our creativity. I never went to conferences while in college, but since I have left academia, I have gone to 3 conferences in 2 years about podcasting. Each time I meet the other weirdos that do what I do I have a sense of family, that I am not the only crazy one out there doing this, it makes me want to push through blockages and create more. Let’s listen to what Merriam Webster says; a unified body of individuals, the people with common interests living in a particular areabroadly, a group of people with a common characteristic or interest living together within a larger society, a body of persons of common and especially professional interests scattered through a larger society, a body of persons or nations having a common history or common social, economic, and political interests, a group linked by a common policy, joint ownership or participation, social activity. Our quotes come from Goethe, “The world is so empty if one thinks only of mountains, rivers & cities; but to know someone who thinks & feels with us, & who, though distant, is close to us in spirit, this makes the earth for us an inhabited garden.” Also we have Fred Rogers, “We live in a world in which we need to share responsibility. It’s easy to say “It’s not my child, not my community, not my world, not my problem.” Then there are those who see the need and respond. I consider those people my heroes.”

Goethe was a German writer and statesman. His works include four novels; epic and lyric poetry; prose and verse dramas; memoirs; an autobiography; literary and aesthetic criticism; and treatises on botany, anatomy, and color.

Fred Rogers was an American television personality, musician, puppeteer, writer, producer, and Presbyterian minister.

So the dictionary was very long winded about the definition, what really spoke to me was a body of persons of common and especially professional interests scattered through a larger society. We have shared interests in our exploration and representation of art. Yes we are all over the world and we can always find kindred souls that way. For me you can go wrong with Fred Rogers, we do have a shared responsibility and isn’t it great to know that we can help each other out. In fact, many artists I know are only too happy to help out another artist with supplies, knowledge or a space to express themselves. Let’s get this conversation started.



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