RECORDING: Lemonade of Virtual Space Holding

We've all heard the phrase, "When life gives us lemons, we make lemonade." Recently 40 community organizers came together to reflect on the challenges and opportunities emerging from the unique situation of so many of our spaces being shifted into the virtual sphere. The "lemonade" can take many forms, from a deepening consciousness to greater skill at holding space for ourselves and others in a challenging time. [The page includes both audio and video recordings of the gathering.]

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