It's easy to look around and see signs of social fragmentation, so today's show takes a different approach and examines a few instances of people coming together: community. We explore an off-campus house that aimed to be an intentional community devoted to sustainability and find out where they failed and succeeded. We meet a community of Burning Man devotees who came together for a ﬂoating party on the Sacramento River Delta. Also we hear music made by a community of people who'd never met each other. Plus, the solution to the dirty dish dilemma.
Host: Charlie Mintz
Producers: Charlie Mintz, Rachel Hamburg, Matt Harnack
Featuring: Daniel Steinbock, Philip Narodick, Zuzanna Drozdz
Community is essentially a group of people trying to live together. Daniel Steinbock has always viewed groups of people as complex systems. So what does he do with a complex system that's stacking dirty dishes in his sink?
The solution to the dirty dish dilemma might just be a simple formula called U + 1. This formula can even be proven with a computer simulation of a sink. Yes, somewhere out there is a computer simulation of a sink, ﬁlled with dirty dishes, and it might just solve the biggest problem facing communities.
Story 2: Lessons from a Community that Didn't Happen
Producer: Matt Harnack
Matt Harnack lived in the same house as Daniel Steinbock, of U + 1 fame. He had high hopes for the house as a place of community spirit and abundance. But what happens when not everyone shares your vision of community? What do you do then?
What show about community would be complete without a story about a ﬂoating community? Part Burning Man, part Waterworld, Ephemerisle is a yearly event that welcomes artists, architects, college kids, weirdos, geniuses and hundreds of other people who just want to hang out and be creative in the water.
Most communities share a physical space. Our last community exists only on the internet. It's a website where people submit videos of themselves playing some instrument delicately and slowly in the key of b ﬂat. But does it sound good? How can a community function with only one rule?
The Storytelling Project is supported by the Stanford Institute for Creativity and the Arts, the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, Stanford Introductory Studies, Stanford Continuing Studies, and the Program in Writing and Rhetoric.