David and Sarah emailed me with a very sincere invitation. I checked with my bosses. I had to explain what TSP was about, how my involvement was relevant, and the extent of my involvement. The green-light was given. I also understand that TSP will be including more people outside the US as advisors. TSP has truly gone international (which they have in practice two years back).
I'm fond of telling people that TSP is NOT about the USA, or about the tragic attack, or about espousing Western values. Here's what TSP about page says (emphasis mine):
"The September Project is a grassroots effort to get people together on September 11th to talk about issues that matter. September Project events take place in libraries, where all people are welcomed, and where the exchange of information and ideas flourish. The September Project encourages individual communities — neighbors — to make sense of the world together."
- TSP is about Libraries playing a central role in facilitating conversations. The topics discussed vary from countries to countries. What's important is dialogue.
- "It's about community, not geography". Good intents have no borders.
- Dialogue precedes action.
- "Change the world, one friend at a time". Understanding precedes acceptance.
You say the "Rambling Librarian" should be called the "Naive Librarian"? Maybe.
But at least I believe in something. : )
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