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Ground Rules Deep Dive #11: Commit to Finding Common Solutions

By Milenko Matanovic

Together we are capable of extraordinary achievements. Over the years, Pomegranate Center has proven this by encouraging people to uphold a code of conduct that leads to creativity and collaboration. This code of conduct, what we call “ground rules,” is essential to creating a positive atmosphere that focuses on how things can be improved, free from complaints. In this series of short essays, I will look at different ground rules, evaluate why they are important, and share stories from the field.

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Image of the Future Episode Seven: Turn Public Processes Into Artworks

For this special episode, we turned the table on host and interviewer Milenko Matanovic and asked him to share his own image of the future and reflect on the first six episodes of the podcast. We also checked in on his latest work, including his time spent in Slovenia exhibiting his career retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art.

Spring Event: High Point Market Garden Tour

Mark your calendars! On May 20th, Milenko will join friend of Pomegranate Center Mark Okazaki to return to the project they collaborated on over ten years ago. Hosted by Atlas Obscura, the “friendly tour-guide to the world’s most wondrous places,” Milenko and Mark will lead participants on an afternoon tour through the garden and share its history, as well as tell stories from their experience working with the local High Point community to design an amphitheater, pocket parks, shelters, and the community garden. Click here for more information and to buy your tickets.

A Challenge to our Community

At the start of 2017, friend of Pomegranate Nancy Nordhoff pledged a $37,000 challenge grant to support us in our critical transition period. That means we need to raise money from our supporters in order to match the pledged funding.

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Making Waves

Forty-eight years after leaving his home country of Slovenia, Milenko Matanovic went home. This time he was not rebelling against the state, nor shaking up the status quo; instead, he made waves.

Waves is Milenko’s art retrospective that opened last month in Ljubljana. Milenko’s show includes some of his earliest art pieces from his time as a founding member of the renowned OHO Collective, examples of Pomegranate Center’s collaborative artwork created with local communities, as well as brand new pieces created for the exhibit. He chose the exhibit’s name to introduce his idea of the waves of inspiration that have come to him over the years as an artist, community activist, and founder of Pomegranate Center.

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Image of the Future Episode Six: Place Matters

In this episode, Milenko interviews Lynne Manzo, an environmental psychologist whose work in the field informs her teaching as Associate Professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture at UW. Lynne brings to the interview a deep knowledge of the interrelationships between people and their physical surroundings, and imagines with Milenko a future that makes space for optimism, where we try to understand each other better rather than build walls between us.