Looking to make some performance art / flash mob happen near Powell Station at the beginning of June. Can you sing, dance, pretend? Do you have the balls to do something for the sake of brightening up an onlooking crowd on a busy street?
Make the world a better place, one mob at a time.
Warmest greetings, visitor from Cyber Land!
Whether you randomly found your way here (if so, tell us how!) or you were the unfortunate victim of our San Francisco wanderings, Raphael and I are glad to meet you.
Since this blog is largely devoted to the interview format, Raphael has given me a handful of questions to answer as a brief introduction. Thanks, Raph. It’s your turn next!
What’s your name?
Full name is Jennifer, but my friends call me Jennie— a name I chose in 3rd grade while experimenting with sidewalk chalk because
I liked Jennie Garth from 90210 I thought Jennifer was too common (a bit o’ trivia: Jennifer was the most popular female name given to babies born in 1984).
What do you do during the week?
During the work days/week I am an account manager for a fabulous company that specializes in advertising on the interwebz. My nights are filled with live music with friends (SF has a great music scene), eating and trying different foods (this is high on the list) and my dog Napoleon.
What are you passionate about?
I have been told that I am a pretty passionate person in general, but if I were to choose it would be these things: people (hence, this project), photography (hence, my 2011 project*), music and food.
Who are you looking to meet?
In life, I am looking to meet and connect with good people who want to build a strong network of goodwill and generosity. With this project, I want to meet representatives of every type of person in SF (reaching for the sky) to hear their story— artists, musicians, service workers, hippies, drifters, Silicon Valley gazillionares, entrepreneurs and people of other ‘categories’ that I have yet to discover.
How has doing this project changed your life?
I was tempted to answer with ‘It’s too early to tell’ but after yesterday’s INCREDIBLE first round of interviews, I already feel something moving inside.. and it feels great. I’ve met a huge personal milestone by doing this and it’s given me the inspiration/courage to consider other ideas that have been sloshing around in my brain.
What do you want people to get out of this?
Whenever this project ends— be it next month or years from now, I hope it will inspire others to look up from their iPhones and look out at all the crazy, awesome and crazy awesome people around them. Perhaps you could strike up a conversation with a stranger about the weather and find you have something in common after all. I think it behooves us to actively spend time taking part in the world we live in and less time in the world of our mobile devices and earbuds. Simply put, be here now.
Can other people collaborate?
Please, please, please! Really, this is a personal project and I have very low expectations in terms of visitors who actually read/listen to the interviews but if you have an idea for interviewee, feedback or want to participate in the interview itself, LET US KNOW! We would love for you to tag along with us when we go out into the streets.. it would help keep us accountable and productive.
Everyone has a story and given the right setting, people are inclined to share that story— especially significant life events and memorable experiences.. maybe with tidbits of advice sprinkled along the way. This blog is simply a space for that story. So if you’re interested, stick around and sample the selections we’ve chosen to share! We’d love to have you. :)
*shameless plug: my 2011 project was photo-a-day from Jan 1, 2011 - Dec. 31, 2011.