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 create intergenerational community-building and storytelling projects that honor this moment, the lives and work of sisters, and the legacies 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 ongoing research will also include understanding other models sisters have already created for transitioning missions and institutions to new leadership, including ways of caring for the spiritual foundation and integrity of these institutions as they are passed on.

How might we learn from these transition processes as we explore new forms of intergenerational community? Together, what might we dream up—beyond what’s come before—as we listen for other ways to honor, preserve, embody, and pass on the stories of sisters.