Talking Heads frontman and all-round happy mutant hero David Byrne's "Reasons to be Cheerful" project seeks out "encouraging things that are happening anywhere, and if they have been tested, if they have been proven to work, if they can be transferred and adopted in other places, if they can scale up."
He's working on an album of songs based on the project and is giving a lecture on Jan 8 in NYC at The New School. It's free, but seating is limited.
This is an online project that is an continuation and extension of some writing and talks Iâve done recently. The project will be cross-platformâsome elements may appear on social media, some on a website and some might manifest as a recording or performance. Iâve done these talks elsewhere, at BRIC Arts Center in Fort Greene and at IdeasCity with the New Museum, and now Iâm hoping to bring the idea to a wider audience.
Briefly, hereâs what it isâI began to look for encouraging things that are happening anywhere, and if they have been tested, if they have been proven to work, if they can be transferred and adopted in other places, if they can scale upâthen letâs hold them up for consideration, and letâs invite others to add to this project. There are actually a LOT of encouraging things going on around the worldâtheyâve given me hope, and Iâd like to share them.
(via Beyond the Beyond)