Sidewalk Talk Community Listening Project - Live Footage from Oakland, CA





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Published on Jul 26, 2016

Sidewalk Talk (www.sidewalktalksf.com) is a community listening project started by psychotherapists in 2014. We partnered with Today's Future Sound in Oakland (www.todaysfuturesound.org). Check them out and their work in schools.

Psychotherapists have been training for years to listen deeply and empower truth. We wanted to make the power of therapy accessible and visible. We also needed a way to be active in response to so much injustice and pain in the world. We lead listening events where we bring chairs and sit on city streets and offer to listen to anyone about anything. We train non-therapists how to listen with empathy and by offering this out on the street, we make it hip to need people, to ask for help, and to help.

In 2015, we had 28 therapists sit out in San Francisco for Mental Health Awareness month. in 2016 we had 48. It has since spread to other cities. To date, over 100 people have been referred to either acute mental health services or a therapist.

If you would like to bring Sidewalk Talk to your city we can support you in recruiting volunteers, getting liability releases and making a difference. You must be in the mental health or related field to lead but you do not need to be a therapist to volunteer.

If you would like to support Today's Future Sound they are raising money to bring their beat making love to schools. They are radically changing the way kids get turned on to math, science and social emotional learning. https://www.generosity.com/education-...

Video Dialogue:
Hi my name is Traci Ruble,
the organization is SideWalk Talk,
We sit out on the street and listen to people.

I wanted to do this because I actually think we are responsible for each others mental health.

So I am a Psychotherapist.and run a therapy clinic called Psyched in San Francisco. www.psychedinsanfrancisco.com

I think we can just sit out and listen to people and make people feel like they belong.

Because I think belonging is at the root of us all feeling well and polyvagal theory supports this. We are social animals that actually need eachother.

...and that is Dr. Elliot Gann from Todays Future Sound.

...its kind of amazing, there prepping all of the ears, getting people intrigued

i think what Elliot is doing is using art, using art to open hearts and minds

We’ve got some Psychotherapists, we’ve got some high schoolers, trained listeners.

They sit out on the street, they took a training on how to be empathic and listen non judgmentally

and they are just showing up as people.

My favorite quote about listening is that “compassion is something that happens between equals”

So were not showing up as teachers, or fixers, or know- it-alls, we're just showing up as people!

Come out and join us!


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