Changemaker Nomination: Kirsten Wilson of Motus Theater

It’s the next 2013 Changemaker Nomination suggested by a chocolate lover like you! 

Congratulations to Kirsten Wilson of Motus Theater: www.one-action.org

Here’s what Kimberly has to say about this fearless individual and organization:

“Kirsten fearlessly researches and brings to the stage local history to help others begin to realize why there are inequities in the present. She empowers people to share their stories so others can have compassion and choose to take action for a more inclusive and equitable community. She seeks community collaborations and loves chocolate.”

A little more info:

The Inspiration: Many Boulder locals know Chief Niwot from the curse attributed to him: “People seeing the beauty of this valley will want to stay, and their staying will be the undoing of the beauty.” What many Boulder residents don’t know is that Chief Niwot worked tirelessly to show white settlers that they could live in peace with the Arapahoe: he risked his life to return white hostages; attempted to vote in elections; regularly went to the Rocky Mountain News to protest the way the Arapahoe were depicted, and even jumped up on stage after a theatrical performance in Denver to speak with the white audience about the peaceful intentions of his people. Another aspect of our history many Boulder residents don’t know is that chief Niwot, against the protests and positions of U.S. soldiers like Major Edward Wynkoop and Captain Silas Soule, was ultimately killed by some of the very founders of Boulder that he once protected.

The Arrow: The arrow motif is a figure of intention. A profound teaching comes out of Buddhist philosophy (something familiar to many Boulder residents) which likens one’s life to a stick, or an arrow. Those who treat their lives as a stick may toss it up randomly, letting it fall as it may. The teaching urges us instead to add intention and skill to the act of daily living, to treat our life as an arrow, directing it always toward more and more skillfulness. The arrow may not reach its target within our lifetime, the teaching says, but with continual skill and intention, it will reach its target.

The Aim — A Community ModelOne Action – One Boulder County (or Niwot’s Arrow), a community conversation project, aims for a vision of dignified choices in the understanding and acceptance of history, no matter the reality: To stand both within the parts worth celebrating and within the more painful moments; to resist defensiveness and guilt, replacing them with strength and courage as we make inequities visible for reflection, engagement and education; to ask profound questions of ourselves, our communities and our nation, examining our worst moments so we might avoid repeating them. In this way, Niwot’s Arrow will encourage Boulder County to become a model for how communities investigate and claim their history, whatever it might hold, in a strategic move to explore roads not taken and to move toward a more equitable future.

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