Since the Pushing Boarders conference this year in Malmo was so inspiring and monumental, I thought I'd start a thread to share some of the coverage and reflections that have come out of it. Also, you probably already know that all the panels are now available on their website, but I've embedded a couple below that are closely related to social skateboarding!
Reflections on Pushing Boarders by Kava Garcia Vasquez (Skateism)
"Skateboarding may be freedom, but freedom isn’t always free. Unfortunately, I’ve met many skaters, philanthropists, and aid organizations who assume that giving a child a skateboard is going to save their life and liberate them from oppression. Frankly put, not everyone is going to benefit from skateboarding. Moreover, a skateboard alone cannot liberate a person. If we get too attached to a narrative in which we are the [white and/or Western] saviors sent by the skate gods to spread the stoke, we risk forgetting the myriad of other forces that rob youth around the world of their time, health, education, and basic human dignity. Positively transforming lives and communities through skateboarding requires us to also educate ourselves about and address the root causes of global poverty, racism, food insecurity, and other oppressions." Definitely check out her full article here.