Collective Rituals of Transmission, Grief, and Imagination

How we get there, and what we share and dream together along the way, is just as important as our destination.

There is so much to honor, witness, and carry on in the legacies and wisdom of sisters. How might we create structures and rituals of thoughtful transmission?

What would it look like to make an intergenerational community-building and storytelling project out of honoring this moment, the lives and work of sisters, and all that they want to pass on?

Two Case Studies

Case Study: Anne Basting

What if we used improv theater, play, and storytelling to imagine the transition we are passing through and new possibilities?

“We cannot heal without story,” says Anne Basting, a theater artist, writer, and educator as well as an Ashoka Fellow and MacArthur Fellow, who specializes in applied arts in long term care and aging. “My work brings the tools of imagination and creative expression to care relationships and systems in order to foster healing through community building.”

How can we create rituals of storytelling to honor this moment, this transition, and the legacy and wisdom of community living carried by the sisters?

Case Study: Lifesongs

What if we created songs and performances to honor the legacies of sisters that could be sung and remembered for generations?

Lifesongs works with elders to honor and give dignity to a life lived “through deep relationship-building, storytelling, music, and performance.”

Our research initiative will also include understanding other models sisters have already created for transitioning missions and institutions of theirs to new leadership, including ways of caring for the spiritual foundation and integrity of these institutions as they are passed on.

We would like to learn as much as we can from these transition processes as we explore the next chapter of community created in sister spaces. We would also like to dream beyond what’s come before, listening for other new, soulful, and artistic ways to honor, preserve, embody, and pass on the stories of sisters.