We joined other bread enthusiasts at Johnson & Wales University in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA in mid-June as a participant of the third annual ‘On The Rise’ International Symposium on Bread. In coming together with other ‘bread-heads’, we were able to share about our methods and mission, learn more about bread from specialists and enthusiasts, and eat some very delicious bread!
Our Chicago-based crumbassador, Morgan, spent the days of the Symposium sharing information about the many ways that the BHN has used bread-making as a method for fostering social inclusion, community building, and alternative art therapy. She also held a bonus workshop for Symposium participants, which included approximately 35 people engaging, watching, and enjoying our methods of bread for social change! Our workshop started with a Theatre of Crumbs event with the decided theme of ‘diversity’ to lead its conversations, drawing, and shaping! While the bread puppets were baking, Morgan led an overview of the other two sub-games included in our Bakers Without Borders board game – showcasing the social-enterprise model and the potential for using kitchen utensils as musical instruments. The participants learned the ways that our game can assist them in engaging individuals within their communities in creative, powerful, and innovative ways to make a positive impact!
In short, aside from getting ‘breaducated’ on relevant challenges within the bread, flour, and grain industries, we also came together to break bread with a diverse group of individuals committed to the power of bread!