Online crowdfunding tool and distribution platform Seed&Spark has long been dedicated to diversity and inclusion behind the camera, championing a “healthier environment” to create work within and the steadfast belief that “artists are responsible for teaching their audiences why they are essential” for inciting change and deepening empathy. To that end, founder and CEO Emily Best has posted an impassioned and emotional new blog, inspired by this week’s election results and, in true Seed&Spark fashion, it calls upon artists and their supporters to use their craft to as an effective political act.
In the new post, entitled “A Wicked Problem,” Best writes, “We are facing down a wicked problem. We have fundamentally lost the thread of empathy essential to both progress and maintaining the social contract. And no single factor is to blame for the dangerous new condition of American life.”
She continues, “We cannot even begin to tackle this wicked problem without creating an engine that can be powered by the concentrated energy of a vast diversity of voices and approaches. It will take thousands of experiments and attempts. It will take so, so many failures. But now is the time to band together so that we can pick each other up after each failure, learn from it, and do the next right thing right.”
But Best isn’t just talking the talk, she’s interested in walking the walk, and bringing the power of Seed&Spark along with her. Best calls on the entertainment community to recognize that “our chosen medium of moving pictures, while considered ‘entertainment,’ is a vital source of generating and spreading empathy for people who do not look like us, who do not sound like us, who do not live or love like us.”
What does that mean? Best puts it pretty succinctly: “Every film is a political act. Everything we make from here on out should be with the ambition of dissolving the power of our oppressors, and elevating the leaders who will build a just and inclusive society. Every creative approach is valid. We will have to try them all. We are prepared now to do whatever it takes to concentrate the energy of our community squarely on fighting for this society.”
You can find out more about Seed&Spark — including learning about their mission, checking out some of their projects from the past and the future or perhaps even launching your own campaign — over at their official website.