Cri means “cry,” “shout,” or “exclamation” in French. But it can also mean “invitation” or “appeal.”
Cri can also signify various derivations of the proto-Indo-European word kri-, which means to “decide,” “discern,” or “judge.” Words such as as crisis, criterion, critical, or critique are familiar examples.
We live in critical times. The world is in upheaval. And people are choosing sides.
To cite the words from “For What It’s Worth” by Buffalo Springfield, a hit song during the height of 1960s cultural upheaval:
There’s something happening here
But what it is ain’t exactly clear
The song talks about paranoia, mutual recrimination, threats of violence, and “battle lines being drawn.”
But it also enjoins:
I think it’s time we stop
Children, what’s that sound?
Everybody look–what’s going down?
CRI is an appeal to all of us to pause and ask, “What’s that sound?” and, beyond that, “What’s going down?”
CRI Hub is a mobilized effort to both engage and listen to one another – and to then translate that conversation into social action and cultural engagement.
CRI Hub joins artists, writers, performers, intellectuals, academics, activists, entrepreneurs, and concerned citizens in authentic, purposeful, and often difficult discussions about what’s at stake in these chaotic times.
We seek not to be simply a sounding board for anxiety and outrage, but to co-create a genuine “third space” for serious self-examination and conversation.
We are not merely about critique but about critical seeking and thinking.
We wish to raise the level of cultural consciousness so that we can genuinely discern and ponder our thinking, politics, lifestyles, and consumer choices.
We are not merely about talk, but about finding and honing our individual voices, as well as listening deeply and thoughtfully to one another.
Our ultimate goal is to take intentional and informed action in our world.
We are a single CRI together.