This is the online stream for sharing conversations that happened throughout the Greater Bay Area from March through June 2012 around the question:

How can we collectively transform public education through the arts to create a better future for everyone?

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The opportunity for this on-line conversation to connect individuals and communities

I am here at the first Synthesis meeting.  Everyone here is reflecting on what has been posted in the stream of conversations, and thinking about what this on-line conversation and blogging could be good for.

Others in this synthesis process are triggering me to think about the bridges between teachers and students, teachers and teaching artists, families and communities.  I am wondering about how those relationships can be captured in photos and stories, and then shared in this on-line space to communicate about how poetry, music and dance facilitate connections and make similarities and differences visible.

An interesting aspect of the discussion today had to do with clustering ideas and patterns culled from the conversations to create a map of the various stakeholders (tracking who is currently in the conversation and who is not), track the actions they are taking, notice hubs and think about complimentary expertise and mutually reinforcing activities that can help everyone to be more effective.