Meaningful skills

Something that’s been really rewarding about attending the WWR conference is being exposed to the passions and skills of all sorts of people and significance of their skills. I went to the ‘social justice media’, which is a non-profit organization that helps people become technologically literate. It’s a program that emphasizes community and how having technological skills is a feminist tool; it helps people have access to valuable information and have their voice be heard. I also listened in on a skill sharing workshop, where a group of women learned a beautiful Balkan folk song. The leaders introduced with a traditional folk song about the morning star, and I appreciated its haunting quality. I overhead one of the leaders describe the work shop as a ‘beautiful bonding experience’ for the women present.

Can’t be Classified

Something I really enjoyed learning about at the WWR (un)conference is the genre of music known as the ‘ son jarocho’, which is where a group of musicians play to the heartbeat that’s being led by the tarima, the person on the board stomping out the beat. A lovely, knowledgable woman explained to me that this music is practically impossible to classify because its learned through oral traditions that have been passed down for generations. She also explained the ‘really good’ players of the son jarocho understand that the music they’re playing is not a performance, the music they’re playing is meant to bring people together, to create a community. I thought of this particular genre as being a microcosm for the WWR (un)conference.