“What happened to a world in which we can sit with the people we love so much and have slow conversations about the state of our heart and soul, conversations that slowly unfold, conversations with pregnant pauses and silences that we are in no rush to fill...This disease of being “busy” (and let’s call it what it is, the dis-ease of being busy, when we are never at ease) is spiritually destructive to our health and wellbeing. It saps our ability to be fully present with those we love the most in our families, and keeps us from forming the kind of community that we all so desperately crave.”
-Omid Safi, from “The Disease of Being Busy”
Window Seat Media imagines a world where we have the time AND the tools to pause and listen deeply to how our fellow human beings experience the world we share. Because we believe that these quite moments of connection – when we sink into a literal or figurative window seat – is often what’s needed for transformation, within ourselves, within our communities, and within the world.
We envision a world where there’s room for more than one story to lead our communities, a world where we choose to listen to voices on the margins and stories that contradict and complicate what we assume we know about ourselves and others, a world where we understand the power that stories have to create our future.
We work with communities and groups to gather and share stories in a variety of formats. We do this to amplify local knowledge, problem-solve with more creativity and commitment, and "co-write" a hopeful, just, and equitable future. Our purposes is to join with people and locales to strengthen local communities.
Our Values + Practice
We are guided by a commitment to continually refine our practice, to listen deeply, and to find relevant, innovative, and evocative ways to share stories. We are a nimble organization that thrives on synergy, abundance thinking, and experimentation. We value relationships (human and place-based), multi-disciplinary collaboration, multi-vocality, equity, transparency, and trust. We aspire to gather and share nuanced, layered stories with artistic and ethical integrity. We are grounded in a story gathering and story sharing practice that:
Our work grows from a confluence of four fields - folklore, documentary studies, conflict resolution, and organizational/leadership development.
In her article, “Building Movements, Not Organizations,” Hildy Gottlieb asks: “What might be possible…if socially minded organizations…acted more like movements than organizations? And what might that look like in practice?” Window Seat Media strives to act as a movement of bridge-building problem-solvers. We value abundance thinking, multi-disciplinary collaboration, and innovative, agile action. We are guided by a commitment to listen with an open heart – to each other and to where the organization needs to go – to continually refine our practice, and to launch initiatives that reflect and respect the resources (creative, financial, and human) available within our network. We have adopted a self-management and distributed leadership approach that replaces hierarchy and fosters our individual creative potential to tackle both systemic problems.
Elaine Vradenburgh, Curator of Community-Based Storytelling
Board of Directors
Jessica Babcock, Rachel Corrie Foundation
Shelley Kirk-Rudeen, Retired Conservation Communications Consultant
Danielle Ruse, Tiller Creative
Stephen Buxbaum, Faculty, The Evergreen State College
Debe Edden, Artistic Director, Heartsparkle Players
Meg O’Leary, Producer, TEDxOlympia
Debi Boddett, Owner, 33 Image Design
Meg, O'Leary, FigureGround
Sam Schrager, Faculty Emeritus, The Evergreen State College
Kelley Totten, PhD Candidate, Folklore, Indiana University
Dispute Resolution Center of Thurston County
The Evergreen State College
Fellowship of Reconciliation
Fisher Poets Gathering
KAOS 89.3 FM
Northwest Folklife Festival
Pacific Coast Shellfish Growers Association
South of the Sound Community Farm Land Trust
Thurston Conservation District
Washington State Conservation Commission
Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission