fire and a flood of questions
The questions found in Stoke Your Woke rained down on Carol Delmonico in August 2017 when the Pacific Northwest was on fire, and Texas and Asia were drowning. The air quality at her home in Oregon was extremely hazardous for many days in a row, and a sense of despair was apparent all around her. She asked herself;
What is my place in the ongoing conversation about how we share and care for our world?
In particular, how do we care for the most vulnerable among us, including the more-than-human world, who is speaking up louder and louder every day?
As she stood in front of her computer in the early morning light, these juicy questions came pouring out, like a flood, onto the blank page. It became very evident to her that these questions needed to be shared with the world, to be discussed in group, to be pondered alone, to work on people so they could, in turn, work on them.
Carol invited her friend, Casey Davis, to join her in designing an engaging journal that would draw people in through its beauty and creativity. Beauty helps us hold challenging times and in this case, expansive and exposing questions with more ease. It provides comfort and reminds us that as we move through darkness and uncertainty, in the end, beauty will be our reward.
We hope you find this journal a fun, inspiring approach to explore your habits, our culture, and the lens through which you view the world. In loving and embracing these questions, and living into the answers, may we find ourselves a step closer to creating a world that works for all.
carol delmonico + casey davis
Author and Designer of Stoke Your Woke