Presentation on Cincinnati Co-creation Effort Resonates in Moksha Yoga Community

Presentation on Cincinnati Co-creation Effort Resonates in Moksha Yoga Community

This gives me a door into something bigger: attendee
Artist Matt Eckerle, Moksha Yoga studio owners Ellen and Michael Bradley and Dr. Victor Garcia and his wife Gail at the Sept. 24 CoreChange event.

From creating jobs and local food in Cincinnati’s inner core through a ramped-up fermented food business, to the introduction of urban farming, a recent presentation on co-creating a new future for Cincinnati planted some exciting ideas on how people might use their gifts towards this effort.

The presentation was made by Dr. Victor Garcia of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center at the Moksha Yoga Cincinnati studio Sept. 24.

Victor is the leading voice in bringing the city to a new conversation and way of being that includes design thinking and the whole-system, strengths-based approach.

Studio owner Ellen Bradley, who organized the event, says she felt the positive and inspired buzz in the room as people listened to Victor’s message and in conversations following.

She notes while the vision as a whole can seem overwhelming, it became less so as Victor spoke to the specific ways people can begin to get involved, for instance, in upcoming community conversations around health-care and local food.

“When he narrows it down to things like that, I feel like it’s really powerful because (everyone) has different things that they resonate with, different things that they have talent with, and there’s something for everybody,” Ellen tells Axiom News.

Following his presentation, Victor was able to converse with different people, and it was clear excitement was growing as they discussed how they could leverage their specific gifts and resources.

For instance, one local couple owns a fermented food business and they talked about how as that grows, it can connect with the well-being of the city in larger and larger ways, importing a need for local farms and creating jobs for people in the inner city.

Another attendee with a passion for farming talked about the potential around urban farming, again, to boost jobs and inner-city produce.

Camilla Mecher, one of the attendees, says she feels a door has been opened for her into something bigger.

She notes she was especially compelled by Victor’s stories of his own turning-point, the moments when he realized doing his daily job as a pediatric surgeon was not enough.

Victor tells of two main incidents that first drove him forward on this journey, both involving young children in his hospital that he couldn’t save, and the realization that his comment to their families “we did everything we could,” couldn’t be his answer anymore.

Camilla shares of different ways she sees herself becoming more involved in reshaping Cincinnati’s future, including using yoga to reach inner-city youth and their families.

She adds the event itself was a microcosm of a supportive community in action, just like the vision Victor is lifting up. There were glitches with the catering company, and it was amazing to see how people pitched in to overcome those -- cooking a wheel of brie in their own ovens and donating their cheese servers, for instance, at the last minute.

“It was really, really cool to see how everything came together because we have a community that we can rely on,” she says.

The Saturday evening event drew about 80 people, both to hear Victor and take part in a new art exhibition by local artist Matt Eckerle.

Ellen suggests it’s these smaller venues that can be most powerful for sparking excitement and engagement, particularly as Victor is able to converse individually with people afterwards and conversations like those mentioned can take place.

And while not everyone walked away with a clear image of how they might join this effort, Ellen says she knows the seeds were planted.

She says she and the two studios owned by the Bradleys in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky will continue to be involved going forward, spreading the word through the studios’ communication venues and encouraging the 6,000 students involved with the studios to join in.

“It will definitely be an ongoing journey for us with CoreChange,” says Ellen.

“We’re going to continue to nurture that and support Dr. Garcia, and I’m going to try to unite our two studios, and all of our students, because you never know what that will spark within one individual, how they can help out, what they can do, to really make this vision come to life and elevate the good in the city.”.

The approximately $1,000 raised through the event will be donated to Elementz, a non-profit youth centre in Over the Rhine dedicated to uplifting the good of the youth in inner-city Cincinnati

Axiom News is covering the CoreChange effort in Cincinnati. For more stories, visit this link.

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