Charleston Dialogues

Monthly Dialogues to start Sunday, August 2nd, 2015

At our last Willing Participant meeting, we decided to host a series of dialogues that investigate:

-the systemic racism embedded in the founding of our nation
-the lack of conversation about & reconciliation with our past
-our national post-traumatic stress

On Sunday, August 2nd from 2pm til around 5pm, we will host our first dialogue at The Flea Theater, 41 White Street in Manhattan.

Focus: how do we deploy text to ignite significant social change? We’ll play with the dialogue form to engage our personal and national histories. Then we’ll individually and collectively respond using a variety of poetic prompts. All ages and abilities are welcome.

Please RSVP at so we know how many chairs we’ll need.


Willing Participant whips up urgent poetic responses to crazy shit that happens. During a meeting, participants work with three ringleaders to research a pressing event and craft a performative reply, which we call a “response.” The group and others then perform the response for the general public within the following week.

To get the low-down on future meetings and responses, sign up here.

Ringleaders: Todd Shalom, Niegel Smith and Ben Weber. Willing Participant is a labor of love and grrrr. An all-volunteer project created by members of non-profit participatory walk organization Elastic City.

Willing Participant identity and site design: Asad Pervaiz
Web development: Alex Gutierrez