A few people have commented what’s up with the photo used in the poster for the event tomorrow night. To clear up, here’s the full picture.
It was 2010 in Kuala Lumpur. Briefing the team leaders right before the KL Pillow Fight started, in conjunction with World Pillow Fight Day that year.
It was our second year doing it in KL, under the bizarre participatory arts group I co-founded, Random Alphabets. Here’s the video for that event:
We went on to do many more fun projects. See the website for more.
Later on I co-founded the Muslim group Peace Meal and some people attributed my organizing abilities from experience I picked up for involvement in the apparently secular arts group of RA.
That assumption is fair. However most of organizing experience came from home while growing up. From helping the family put together traditional classes of sacred sciences, annual majlis (gatherings) on the Islamic calendar as well as visiting scholars who came to speak and often stay over.
Many of us tend to attribute the success of a person due to which university he went to or the training received in the first few years of his career. But many overlook the twenty over years of priceless learning, training and shaping of an individual beginning from childbirth, unfortunately.
It is this sort of perspective I would like to try and highlight at tomorrow’s talk, embedded with the stories that will be shared. It’s open to public. Spread the word. Invite someone.