On February 1, 2017, 32 people gathered in Adrienne Outlaw’s studio to play a human game of chess in an effort to practice the art of respectful engagement. They used as a framework for the performance the Match of the 21st Century: Russia versus the Rest of the World. During this game, Judit Polgar defeated Garry Kasparov, marking 2002 as the first time the highest ranking female defeated the highest ranking male. For the moves and mindset of the performance, the players -- with guidance from a yogini -- drew upon basic tenets of yoga, which like chess, requires focus, skill and practice yet welcomes all beginners. The players divided into teams of red and blue to represent various allegiances. Each person held an umbrella, which served as a symbol of protection and an emblem of dignity. Forced onto a small board and jostling for position with umbrellas held aloft, the players had to help each other navigate their moves and die with dignity. The resulting video, inspired by the Dadaists and Surrealists, reveals how unity and understanding may resolve chaos.
As part of the project, players from diverse backgrounds acquainted themselves with others they may never have had the opportunity to meet.
ReSolve is on display at the World Chess Hall of Fame and Museum through September, 2017. Kyle Baker contributed the sound, which contains audio material created by freesound.org users "hanstimm" and "the-very-real-horst." - Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial.
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The Do Better Collective
In 2020, I started participating on the Do Better Movement professional development online forum and have continued to learn from and support those in the Do Better Collective, as it is now called.
"The Do Better Collective is a community of like-minded, forward-thinking behavior analysts and professionals, all dedicated and passionate about improving, progressing and, of course, DOING BETTER in the field of ABA therapy.
This collective is a specified sphere of knowledge -- a domain for those with a shared commitment to engage in lifelong learning focused on developing humane, culturally-informed, and compassionate behavior analytic interventions. This community engage in collective learning through webinars, podcasts, mastermind discussion groups, and conference events and actively seeks to put what they've learned into practice.
In the fall of 2020, I had the opportunity to co-host the Do Better Podcast with Dr. Megan Miller, and interviewed Dr. Bettina Casad. I had the opportunity to be a research assistant with Dr. Casad for a brief
time. That information can be found under my tab - Research. To hear our discussion on her article, on Wise Feedback, can be found below:
On April 11, 2021, the Do Better Collective generously hosted a webinar for me. The webinar is called, "Could
It be Pain? The nature vs. nurture continuum." After I had a few clients who had some challenging behaviors that were found to be related to pain, I thought the information I came across from interdisciplinary resources may be helpful for other practitioners. A few colleagues of mine and I have talked about these experiences and I felt that a more in-depth education on the medical side of challenging behaviors would be helpful to share.
The webinar ran live for the beginning portion on the Do Better Collective, Facebook page. The full webinar will be available for purchase under courses, on the Do Better Collective site.