For over 30 years, the Pomegranate Center was an organizational force that helped convene communities and build over 60 art-filled gathering spaces across the globe. Beyond helping communities imagine and build physical spaces, the Seattle-area organization developed a tried-and-true process for collaboration: the Pomegranate Method became a teachable, step-by-step structure for any kind of collaborative process. And it was all born from founder Milenko Matanovič’s vision to strengthen human bonds and build trust through positive shared energy.
Milenko says, “Our method was to work with community members throughout the entire journey. In the end, not only did we create a project where many people said ‘I did this,’ but we also changed habits, where community members asked more of one another.” In our 105th episode of In the Moment, Steve Scher talks with Milenko about his experiences working beyond the narrow definition of art, bringing neighbors of all ages and backgrounds together toward a common goal, and empowering communities as a means to improve society.
Milenko Matanovič is an artist and musician with a life-long practice of collaboration. Born in Ljubljana, Slovenia, he is an internationally known convener of public processes, a social innovator, public speaker, and educator who believes that empowering communities is the most efficient, foundational way for us to improve society. He is the author of four books and has received numerous awards and honors for his work.
Steve Scher is a podcaster and interviewer and has been a teacher at the University of Washington since 2009. He worked in Seattle public radio for almost 30 years and is Senior Correspondent for Town Hall Seattle’s In The Moment podcast.
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