On this month’s episode, Milenko reconnected with Elliot Stockstad of Tacoma/Pierce County Habitat for Humanity, our former project partner for the Woods at Golden Given neighborhood. As a rule, residents in the Woods at Golden Given neighborhood agree to a “no fence neighborhood,” or as Elliot puts it, “If you’re looking for a closed off life from your neighbors, this is probably not the neighborhood for you.” Drawing from our collaborative work with the residents of the intentional community, Elliot reflected on how our region could look in the future if more people look beyond the buildings–and the fences!–that make up their neighborhoods and focus on the social ties inherent to where we live.
Biologist Jakob von Uexküll introduced the concept of the “umwelt” in 1909 as a way to capture his observation of the animal kingdom: different species living within the same ecosystem pick up on different environmental signals. The “umwelt” is the small subset of the world that an animal is able to detect. In our splintered, tribalized country, humans are creating their own umwelts. Pomegranate Center sees this firsthand at our office in the Impact Hub co-working space, adjacent to many homeless service providers. In the Pioneer Square neighborhood, professionals come to work every day and never interact with the homeless population outside their office walls.
This month, we say goodbye to our communications intern Fahad Aldaajani. Fahad joined us from the University of Washington’s CommLead program, where he earned a Master of Communications in Digital Media. Hailing from Saudi Arabia, Fahad had never experienced firsthand a community process. He attended his first community meeting while at Pomegranate Center. Fahad’s eye for detail and knack for visual storytelling has resulted in numerous collaborations over the last six months, including our Woods at Golden Given project video, Pomegranate Method training promo, and our newly launched Image of the Future podcast. We say goodbye with sadness over the departure of such a talented filmmaker and dedicated community member, but with excitement over all the amazing work we know we’ll see from him in the future.