A dear friend of mine works as a community organizer. In articulating how to approach the tremendous responsibility of the position, a community organizer is encouraged to adopt the following stance:
- Live an Examined Life: To have reflected on their story and the public context of it as it relates to power, community, hope and struggle.
- Live a Relational Life: To be interested in and curious about the stories and capacities of the other, no matter how similar or different they may be.
- Live a Life with Solitude: To be disciplined about taking time to reflect, to be silent and imaginative.
- Live an Obligated Life: To have a vested interested in the struggles of the people you are organizing with, to see clear personal benefits from the results of organizing.
It strikes me that these four principles would be useful to any position one takes on, really, but in particular make a powerful set of guidelines for curatorial practice as I imagine it.