Help Us Eat $h*t in Edinburgh

Dearest Poopers, The POOP Project has been making a stink for two whole years now. We continue to believe that this is a message with global potential: confronting our "waste" can help us create a world that is more hospitable to our bodies, in harmony with our planet and with everyone else sharing it.

The POOP Project has been accepted to premiere a one-man show, Eat $h*t: How Our Waste Can Save the World, at the prestigious Edinburgh International Fringe Festival this August. Croft Vaughn of WTE Theatre is producing, with three successful runs at the world's largest arts festival under his belt, and we're partnering with UK-based organizations that do work in international health, public toilet access, composting loos, etc. to make a big splash with this opportunity.

But it's not just about Edinburgh.  This is about gaining the momentum that can help us to spread this message far and wide.  Just imagine: one day people will Eat $h*t all over the world! So help spread the turd, er, word.  Share the campaign far and wide and help us bring sanitation center stage.

Wishing you a wonderful spring, and peaceful pooping.

Shawn "The Puru" Shafner

Com-POO-sting

Dear Poopers, Thank you to all who made it out last week for our conversation on Technology for Green Communities. I hope you'll join us for the final event in the Fall Speaker Series this Tuesday, Nov. 1 all about COMPOST!

Join me for presentations and a panel discussion with special guests:

Daniel Tainow, all around green guru, "Compost Dan" is Education Director at the Lower East Side Ecology Center and a good friend of The POOP Project.

Jennifer Blackwell, a self-described composting fanatic, is also an objectively-described expert and manager of the The NYC Compost Project in partnership with the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens.

David Hurd is Director of the Office of Recycling Outreach & Education with GrowNYC, going block by block to help New Yorkers recycle more and use less.

Tuesday, November 1 6:30-8:30pm Visitor Center at Newtown Creek in Greenpoint, Brooklyn (Click here for directions.)

Looking forward to seeing you there, and peaceful pooping.

Shawn “The Puru” Shafner

Fall Speaker Series Starts Tuesday

Dearest Poopers, Thank you to all those who came out to Club Make and Do's show this past Thursday. It was a smash! And I got a chance to show off my new hat.

But that's old news now. And I know you crave more. More!  MORE!!!

So get your calendars out, because here's what's coming up:

  • Tuesday, Sept. 20: panel conversation about urban farming at the Visitor Center at Newtown Creek
  • Saturday, Sept. 24: performance lecture on the history if shit at the Vent Festival
  • Saturday, Oct. 1: tabling at the NEW New York D-I-Y Block Party
  • Tuesday, Oct. 4: The Clap is featured as part of Adult Education
  • Wednesday, Oct. 19: the premiere of Eat $h*t: How Our Waste Can Save the World at Dixon Place
  • Tuesday, Oct. 25: panel conversation about technology for green communities at the Visitor Center at Newtown Creek
  • Tuesday, Nov. 1: panel conversation about composting at (you guessed it!) the Visitor Center

But it's a Saturday, so for now here's details on just the first two.

The POOP Project is proud to once again play moderator for a series of panel events at the Visitor Center at Newtown Creek, the city's largest wastewater treatment plant. Join us this Tuesday, September 20th from 6:30-8:30pm for presentations and conversations all about urban farming!

Featuring guest speakers:

Annie Novak, who feeds Greenpoint from the Eagle Street Rooftop Farms and teaches urbanites where their food comes from.

Dr. Dickson Despommier whose vision, The Vertical Farms, would enable cities to feed themselves from skyscrapers.

Inger Staggs Yancey from Brooklyn Greenroof, using thirsty plants to transform city roofs into ecological mega-machines.

For more information about and directions to the Visitor Center at Newtown Creek in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, CLICK HERE or on the poster above.

Now if you've got something to say (and who doesn't?), consider joining me next Saturday for the Vent Festival at Gowanus Studio Space!

The POOP Project is pleased to join the Vent Festival from 6-9pm to fume about The Agony and the Excrement, a humorous performance lecture about the history of sanitation and the social factors that lead to "shameful shitting." If you missed this lecture at Adult Education earlier this year, now's your chance! The line-up will also include Damali AbramsDanielle AbramsAisha Cousins, D'LuxeJason Gaspar and the Rant Van.

PLUS come early (from 3-6pm) to make your own cider with Atom Cianfarani, encounter Nurit Bar-Shai's growing organisms, witness Coral Short's 1000 Sighs and more!

THEN come back the next day for a 1pm performance workshop with veteran performance artist Rob Andrews and a 4pm artist's conversation  featuring Danielle Abrams, Rob Andrews, Coral Short, Aisha Cousins and D'Luxe. Moderated by Maya Suess, the beautiful, brainy and benevolent curator of the whole darned thing.

As a bonus, I'd like to leave you with a video from another project I'm involved in that generates applause for the public good. We call it The Clap because the joy's contagious. You can learn more on the Facebook page.

Wishing you a great weekend and, as always, peaceful pooping.

Shawn "The Puru" Shafner