|“Conversation and duct tape are essential to civilization. They both hold things together and they’re inexpensive.”–Fort Collins Community Action Network
Salon duc Tape meets the second and fourth Friday of each month at 7:00 p.m at FoCo Cafe. Check out our calendar of events for the upcoming topics and presenters.
|There are speakers, films on occasion, but always discussion. Fort Collins Community Action Network has long acknowledged our general need for meaningful, face-to-face conversation and that it is the lubricant for connection and community.
Salon duc Tape was created in 2003 after a group of Fort Collins activists came together and decided that duc tape and an engaging conversation build, stick, repair and hold things together.
Salons are enjoying a renaissance. Formerly associated with an assemblage of persons with intellectual and social distinction in an elegant drawing room, salons are decidedly a more democratic gathering these days–often in coffee houses, at fair grounds, on backyard decks, and in folks’ living rooms. People are talking more than ever, and it’s a worried talk. In the U.S. people feel as if nobody in power is listening. Jim Hightower, the Texas progressive, set the tone by announcing “the corporations think they are the top dogs in America and all the rest of us are fire hydrants. Well, as you can see today, the fire hydrants are rising up.”
The simplicity of a salon is appealing. The promise that starting a conversation can create social change is equally compelling. We want people to feel less isolated, more supported and understand, while raising consciousness and awareness within our community. Salon duc Tape has the potential to increase hope, passion, and understanding about “where to go from here.”