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Ground Rules Deep Dive #12: Explore Unconventional Approaches; New Conditions Require New 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 8: I Teach You, You Teach Me

Milenko welcomes longtime Pomegranate collaborator Bill Cleveland to the podcast. As Director of the Center for the Study of Art and Community, Bill focuses on the development of cultural partnerships. To that end, Bill believes that future citizens must practice empathy and humility with each other. Having seen so much of the world and interacted with many cultures, he found that every encounter with other people is an opportunity for an exchange of wisdom.

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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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.