The Alive Inside CommUniversity Manifesto
For all of recorded time, aging has been humanity's greatest teacher. It is unavoidable for most, as we face the challenges and losses of aging, we learn who we really are and why we should be better humans. It is an inescapable education and unfortunately, one our culture ignores.
The Alive Inside Foundation, it's community and it's partners, think Eldercare, as it exists today, is on the wrong track, and beyond that, we see it as a huge wasted opportunity. We believe, we lock away and suppress our deepest sources of wisdom- in both our youth and elders.
We dream of a day when Eldercare is no longer a place of isolation, boredom and loss- and instead become places of communal learning. We dream Eldercare can be become the center of our communities, can become CommUniversities of Human Learning!
This dream is becoming real!! ("Alive Inside Too" coming soon to a theater near you!) Join us and let's re-imagine Eldercare together.
No longer will we do "to" our elders, the time has come to do "with" our elders, "with" our earth, "with" our youth, and "with" ourselves and each other. The time has come to share the lessons hidden within aging, within music, and grow wise together!
We are asking, why isn't Eldercare a place of learning and value for young and old? What if Eldercare were a University of Life, a place that gives, receives and creates a more whole community. We are helping make this idea real!
The time has come to change. Our present paths are not functional or sustainable. Together we can spark an Empathy Revolution, a humane path forward! Together we can wake life in our elders, our youth and our culture.
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