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TEDxFruitvale - Bennett Konesni and Edith Gawler - Transforming Work into Joy

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Uploaded on Oct 20, 2011

Musicians Bennett Konesni and Edith Gawler want to put the culture back into agriculture, and — as legions before them have done -- find the joy to make hard labor feel more meaningful.

About Edith Gawler and Bennett Konesni, worksong scholars:
Edith grew up in Maine as a member of the legendary Gawler Family Band, which now includes her husband, Bennett. Edith is currently developing her architectural thesis at Syracuse University, which looks to draw on the principles of the local sustainable food movement as a model for a new architecture. Bennett is Founder and Creative Director of Sylvester Manor, a 243-acre educational farm on Shelter Island, NY. As an undergrad at Middlebury College, Bennett cofounded the student farm, and majored in Music, Anthropology and Environmental Studies. Upon graduation he was awarded a Thomas J. Watson fellowship to spend a year studying worksongs on three continents. As a duo, Edith and Bennett play old-time fiddle and banjo music, Swedish dance tunes, and sing farmer's ballads and hollers. Together they teach worksongs, the music which people use to transform labor into something between work and play, in a variety of settings across the country.

This performance concluded Session One: Meet for TEDxFruitvale, which was held on October 14, 2011 at Mills College in Oakland, CA. The conference's theme was Harvesting Change, and it focused on farmworkers, labor and other social justice movements, and fair labor practices in business. http://www.tedxfruitvale.org/

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