12,000 Inspirations Daily!

12,000 commuters pass through Jefferson Station in Philadelphia every day. It’s where both subways and commuter rail trains go, bringing people to work. More than 700 student dreams from the region and the world are there now and will be there through the holidays. So what commuters bring to work each day can include a student’s dream.

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One of my favorite all-time videos from our project is this one. If you haven’t seen it, it’s so worth the four and a half minutes, especially at this time of year.

There are a million reasons I love this video, but it does an especially great job of showing the wind in the Himalayas–the way the prayer flags there are always blowing, fiercely sending the wishes of the flags out into the world. I share this video with my students every year to show them where the inspiration for Dream Flags came from, and why their dreams can do a world of good, just getting out there.

And here’s one of my all-time still shots sent in by a teacher. It was in the very first years of the project. The teacher brought the project to a small school in Sydney where she was teaching that year. Her home was in Canada.

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These flags are out there! They stand in the shadow of one of the world’s most recognized public spaces–and proudly, each created by an elementary student at St. Gertrude’s Primary School.

While I love the “world traveler” capacity that’s added to our flags by Dreamline, there’s nothing like the physical quality of a flag and the way it can make a bold statement in a public space. They make people stop.

So when three high school students, my colleague Liz Ortiz, and I went down to Jefferson Station on a Saturday, THIS happened:

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While it’s a bit dizzying, the end result was a wonderfully calm transformation of the space:

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And I have to add my geeky love of the tech on how we did this.

For the exhibition technicians out there, hanging up gardener’s netting first (from the ceiling where you can attach firmly) and then attaching the flags to it with twisty ties or little zip clips, is an awesome improvement over our past efforts. Secure and quick.

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I’m saying out loud that Candice Lindsay in Dallas is thinking of doing a Pinterest Page for our project so all the wonderfully geeky and crafty details can unfold! Stay tuned..

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