World Listening Day 2023 – Theme Prompt Responses

Below is a list of responses to the questions we posed as this year’s World Listening Day Theme. What are you thoughts? You can still respond to the prompts here

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What can we learn from the listening practices of all living beings?

That we share the world with them and sound and silence plays a crucial role for a better relation to them.
Podemos aprender a distinguir perigos, a compartilhar afetos e a estimular sensações.
that we are part of nature, not governors of it
I don't know if i.e. a whale regards listening as a practice, nor if it should. For most non-human entities listening just happens and is an integral part of their existence and perception. The way it shapes their day to day life or the different levels of accuteness or in which ways it informs them of danger, love, or other relationships is not very different from the core of human experience in pre-industrial times. We should learn to be less self-absorved and anthorpo-centered, even when attempting to ask a question that pertains all living beings, which include fungi for example. Also listening and this fixation on listening will not guide us to a safe exit, because it focuses on one particular side of perception and allways critizices the hegemony of sight. Perhaps we sould try and PERCEIVE, without labelling.
a unity in diversity of sonic perception and environmental engagement...
How to better connect and learn with others.
To have compassion and respect for all living beings
That listening extends beyond what our ears can hear. Through listening with our bodies, we reconnect with other living beings, including the landscape.
We can learn to support each other.

How can we deterritorialize listening practices?

sound is already deterritorialized. Take off headphones and move.
Recorded and broadcasted (streamed) voices, sounds, music or soundscapes are examples of deterritorialized listening.
Fazendo projetos em escolas e instituições de ensino, para que desde cedo pessoas possam ter essa vivência.
i think we should re-territorialize listening. be connected to our place
By understanding once and for all that separation is an illusion fed over and over into us by different types of conditioning, in particular by those who want us to feel separated and isolated. All is One, One is All.
Remove all elements of prejudice and preference, go with open ears and mind...
Teach and learn listening skills.
Human beings just need to speak less. We don't need to have an opinion all the time. If we can quiet our minds, we can hear the external mechanical noise of human activity drowning nature's song.

When should we listen more?

before we speak
Every day in every momment
Quando estamos acompanhados, quando estamos em um parque e quando estamos em uma festa.
All the time, but specially when we enjoy what we are listening to. Also perhaps when we are communicating with someone and they are letting us know something we do not wish to hear.
at every moment of our waking existence....
When the sounds are specifically directed towards us,
Every opportunity we can
Always and crucially, now.
When people need listening to, don't let mental health people suffer in silence.