Northern Flicker is 2 years old! We spread our wings and jumped into a grand adventure of service and travel and creation and entrepreneurship and stretching our relationship. We haven’t meant to keep you all in the dark, we were just go-go-going between places and projects. So here’s a hearty catch up about our 2017!
More than filmmakers or entrepreneurs or philanthropists the Northern Flicker project has made us feel like explorers or pioneers. Not pioneers of a craft, or social innovation, but of the mind, the heart, and of human connection. Over the last couple of months we have felt our experience shift from one of sowing to one of reaping. In conversation with new friends, our language has changed from just sharing our intentions and hopes to sharing the "good, the bad and the ugly" or maybe the "incredible, the good, and the difficult" would be a more apt phrase.
A new friend told us the other day that it's a good sign if people aren’t posting blog posts too often - it means they are busy having great experiences! Now our time in Costa Rica is soon coming to an end and we have barely begun to tell you all we’ve been up to! Oops. The great news is that it’s because we really have been busy. We’ve worked with some amazing partners and we’re eager to share more about them! So where did we last leave off...?
CATCHING UP FROM COSTA RICA [PART 1]
It’s been a busy few months since we arrived to Costa Rica. Besides soaking up the sun, lots of learning has been had and exciting opportunities have emerged. Hopefully with this post we can finally catch you up on some of the experiences that have colored our days.
First off, THANK YOU! We can't begin to express how grateful we are for our communities near and far who have graced us with love, well wishes and outrageously generous donations. We just finished the last piece of our fundraising campaign and the grand total brings us to over 84% of our goal! With the help of a little loan from the "mom bank" we were able to purchase all the gear we needed to begin our work.
The Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (CPCS) based in Siem Reap, Cambodia is our first official partner and we couldn't be more thrilled.
CPCS is a world class organization involved in direct intervention work in various conflict contexts throughout East Asia. Not only that but they are engaged in producing practitioner-focused research and publications in the field of applied conflict transformation, host a yearly Peace Practitioners Research Conference, and have developed a Masters in Applied Conflict Transformation Studies (ACTS). And that is just scratching the surface!
We are abroad! Our first trip outside of the country together. We are getting to test out our navigation skills, work out our walking muscles and remember how to use real paper maps again. Not having access to internet on our phones at any given moment is a pretty novel (and surprisingly empowering) experience. It's been great to see how we do amidst the stresses of travel, and we are happy to say that even after a sprint through the airport and near miss of a flight we are managing to stay friends and float through the hangry, tired and grumpy moments with ease.
We have officially launched the Northern Flicker project! Cruise around the website and let us know what you think! Chances are if you are here reading this you are a close friend or acquaintance and we'd love to hear from you. Have we been clear enough with our language and intention? Is anything confusing? Shoot us any feedback you might have about content or imagery or anything else! Make sure to sign up to receive our newsletter to stay in touch with updates and progress as our plans and itinerary start to fill up. If you know of any organizations that could really benefit from our services, please let us know.
We always knew that we wanted the Northern Flicker to represent the work we are setting out to do. If you read our previous post "What's in a name?" you learned just how layered the symbolism and significance is for us.
But the final name and logo you see on our newly minted website is far from where we started. And though it took longer than we wanted, in what was a very tight timeframe, we are very happy with the evolution undertaken and the outcome we've produced.
What did you think of when you first heard our name? The flicker of the film reel or the camera shutter? Considering what we do, that is quite appropriate. Maybe the mesmerizing view of the Northern Lights? Or the guiding shimmer of the North Star? Also good.
What we love about our name is that so many layers of imagery and meaning are contained within it. But if you took a close enough look at our logo you would find Northern Flicker actually refers to a bird.