Full Circle ✿ How we can help keep stories alive


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“the Power of the World always works in circles … The wind, in its greatest power, whirls. Birds make their nests in circles, for theirs is the same religion as ours. The sun comes forth and goes down again in a circle. The moon does the same and both are round. Even the seasons form a great circle in their changing, and always come back again to where they were. The life of a man is a circle from childhood to childhood and so it is in everything where power moves.”

Oglala Sioux leader Hehaka Sapa, or Black Elk, in the 1930s, quoted in Roman Krznaric The Good Ancestor

Garland follows the circle. A string of flowers encircles its wearer. The Circle as network exchanges ideas with each other. A circular economy takes into account the environmental impact of production. And circular knowledge understands that stories depend on their keepers.

Through Full Circle, the Garland platform promotes the products of our Circle network. Sales not only help sustain their practices, they also bring their stories into our daily lives.

As the story from Maria Fernanda Paes de Barro makes clear, purchasing handmade goods from other countries is not always easy. But the connection can be deep and rewarding.

While we enjoy the inspiring stories that are shared in Garland, we should keep in mind there are ways we can connect with the maker. We can leave an appreciated comment at the end of their story, visit their website and follow their socials. But the deepest connection is to purchase one of their products.

Garland takes no commission from any sales. Our hope is that the Garden of Stories will continue to flourish.