The Common Good

Music, Art, and the Pursuit of Justice

I love that the Wild Goose Festival is described as festival of justice, spirituality, music, and art. As an attorney, I work in a world where my innate sense of justice daily collides with the system we've invented to try and serve justice. Thus, I am drawn to this gathering by the inclusion of "justice" in the list of focuses for this gathering. I am also drawn by the wedding of justice to spirituality, music, and art.

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David Whyte has said, "A poet's work is all about creating a language that is big enough to represent both the world you inhabit and the next, larger world that awaits you." Music, art, and spirituality also open doors and windows in our perceptions. They connect us experientially -- often wordlessly -- to one another and to our deeper sense of justice, truth, wisdom, and love. What better way to approach the larger questions and the world of possibilities that await?

I eagerly look forward to the Wild Goose Festival as a chance to gather in community, and together expand our exploration of the urgent questions of justice and spirituality -- to share our experiences as we walk the paths our questions illuminate; to examine our heretofore unexamined assumptions; to challenge our beliefs about our world, our power, our contributions, our callings; and to go forth from there with greater integrity and courage.

Linda Alvarez provides legal counsel that enables clients to design sustainable, productive, and enjoyable businesses and relationships. She is coming to Wild Goose Festival to talk about how anyone can "be the change they want to see in the world" -- even in the lions' den of business dealings and contract negotiations -- without losing power, credibility, or integrity. Learn more about the Wild Goose Festival.

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