Interview with project manager Magdalena Brzezinska.
I don’t mean the project was a miracle, of course. It just dawned on me that I’d wanted some of my art or writing to be published, but I hadn’t gotten a chance, so maybe this was true for some of my friends too. “Why wait for someone to publish my words? I can be the one who does it for others, and for myself.” As it turned out, a lot of fantastic people embraced the idea, and our collaborative projects became a wonderful synergy.
What inspired you to choose the theme CHANGES, and the name And that has made all the difference, for the book?
The theme Changes came up quite naturally: this year was full of changes for me: I moved house, I visited the US for the first time, I started a new job…
The previous two themes (“things that unite us” and “memories”) were inspired by other persons and events. The Linking Words was a response to the collaborative We Share the Ancient Skies arts project, curated by our amazing artist friend, Cynthia Willett, in the Arts and Inquiry group on LinkedIn. Apt to forget to remember, on the other hand, was inspired by my meaningful conversations with Chinese director Guo Chunning. This time, the impulse came from within.
As for the title, I’ve recently returned to one of my favourite poets, Robert Frost. The Road Not Taken seemed a perfect metaphor for a change. We all sometimes see two (or more) “roads”, and we are “sorry (we cannot) travel both/ And be one traveler”. As time goes by, we realize more and more what the result of our choice has been, and what difference it has made in our life.
A project that touches many lives in many ways.
Agneta M Lindh