Cogenerational Social Healing

Cogenerational Social Healing

The subjects of intergenerational relationship and social healing have long been areas of inquiry at The On Being Project, and this special collection of creative digital work grew out of an ongoing conversation at the intersection of those subjects with the national nonprofit CoGenerate (formerly Together, and alongside many other deep thinkers and innovators, we’ve been holding the question:

What is the role of intergenerational relationship — or what might be called cogenerational collaboration” — in the work of social healing?

In this collection, we’ve brought participants from CoGenerate’s fellowships into the conversation and are presenting here creative works from eight of those fellows — essays, poetry, video, visual arts, audio, dance, and more — in which they have brought their voices and efforts, as well as those of their communities, to different facets of that question.

We’ve designed this collection to provide openings for reflection into the ways each of us might imagine ourselves drawing on cogenerational wisdom to advance social healing within our own communities. Our hope is that it will offer companionship, inspiration, and resourcing to those who encounter it.



Community Activity

Circle of Chairs

A digital folk dance

This is an activity for 12 people open to following movement instructions, each with a phone or audio device with headphones.

Poetry Film

In the Nursing Home

The power of rewriting our stories

This submission reminds us of our agency to write new endings. It emerges from the intersection of art, education, and dementia care.

Partner Activity

Koreatown Storytelling Program

Cooking to recover communal history

Invite a partner from a different generation. Together, select a meaningful dish, collect ingredients, and cook together.

Music Video

Don't Put Your Dreams Away

A love song for the hopeful

This song offers a look at some of the indomitable traits across generations that can be drawn upon as we work for social change.


In Which We Say We Won’t Go Back

Resilience in navigating nonlinear progress

This poem contends with the ways in which a generational view of time can complicate the idea of linear progress.

Video Series

Dance Generators

Generating connection, expression, and presence

Dance Generators is an intergenerational dance company housed at the University of San Francisco's Performing Arts & Social Justice department. With members ranging in age from their teens to their nineties, the group fosters artistic collaboration between diverse bodies and abilities, while building trust across generations.


Encounters Across Time

Wholeness, strength, and social connection

This essay offers a beautiful and embodied exploration of human questions of belonging — belonging to oneself, to one’s family, and among a broader community.


Exploring the Roots of Our Values: A Richmond conversation

“What about you do you bring to this work?”

In this recorded conversation, Michael brings together a small, intergenerational group of fellow activists where he lives (Richmond, VA) to offer them the gift of generous questions. In doing so, an intimate and powerful conversation unfolds, offering these leaders a different kind of introduction to one another.

We’ve created a space for you to explore crowd-sourced submissions and join the conversation by sharing creative submissions of your own in our Community Garden (best experienced on desktop or in the Miro mobile app)

Thank you to the New Pluralists for their generous support, which made this collection possible.