The INSPIRE Project
from Susan Scribner, March 8. 2021
great to see everyone who participated in our Zoom call a few months ago to
discuss an idea for dispersing our collections. I was delighted you all
were receptive to the project of leaving them randomly in public places for
people to find with a card of explanation regarding our mission to spread the
message of the monkeys throughout the world to create a better world.
The challenge was finding agreement on an attribute/virtue/characteristic
exemplified by the Wise Monkeys and their message.
that discussion without a specific name for our project and asked that you
would all think about it and make suggestions.
received no suggestions, I offer you the following as a name for our
project/mission. It is actually a two-word name, but I have left the second
word for each of you to complete to individualize the project for each of us.
project name is "Inspire ___________" (Friendship, Kindness,
Cooperation, Compassion, Positivity, Respect, Courtesy, Generosity, Patience,
Civility...you can add whatever virtue you would like)
attaching copy for a two-sided card to be attached with a ribbon or string to
your item. Note the attachment has 12 different front sides indicating
a different virtue. Of course, you may decide on yet another
word. These are only suggestions.
enhance our project by having a Facebook page where folks who find one of our
collectibles could post a photo or a message. Could someone
volunteer to set up the Facebook page? If we do create a Facebook
page, we would include that on the card.
this is the 20th anniversary of our first Get Together, I am hopeful we can
launch this project this year. Looking forward to reactions, feedback
"Shayna" Scribner, Ed.D.
from Jason McHenry, March 8, 2021
unable to join y'all for the Zoom call as it's been
more weird than normal here in Texas but it was terrific seeing what was
back I was contacted by the executor of Paul Tripp's estate to come check out
his collection and assist with finding a buyer for the whole thing or finding
the best way to liquidate everything on a piece by piece basis. It was a
monumental task for sure and in being there to navigate the massive number of
pieces he'd collected caused me to really consider what the ideal thing to do
with our collections might be. Most serious collectors have the more common
pieces and there is a very limited market for the less common stuff. And it's
almost guaranteed that we'd never get near what we have invested in them. And
newer collectors don't want to buy a few hundred at once anyway. [Mostly.]
So, yeah, what to do?
For me I
have always given away as many as I acquire. If someone is drawn to a certain
piece I almost invariably give it to them as a gift. [There are a handful that I won't part with but often that
changes over time.] This has always been a huge part of the joy that has come
for me in collecting these things. It becomes something special for everyone
and it likely sparks others to start collecting them.
I had was to do some sort of exchange/swap with others who were up for it.
The more special ones are things that I'd certainly like to see go to places
where they'll have a good home. Plus, Monkey Mail is always fun to get and to
yeah, I can easily create a Facebook Page and/or Group or even some website
if that were something everyone wanted to do. I can
do the graphic design too. It'd be my pleasure to work on this and if you
still need this done let me know. I'd also think that creating an Instagram
account for the project would be ideal. Taking photos of the drop locations
and posting them might generate some additional interest. Either way I'm glad
to help in whatever way I can.
me, by the way: https://www.three-monkeys.info/DEMOPORTR/jason.htm
I hope this
finds everyone happy and well and I'll see you around!
from Barbara Kryvko, March 8, 2021
the Facebook page that was created after the Zoom call.