What does listening mean? Thoughts on World Listening Day

Did you know that 18 July is World Listening Day? Neither did I until recently. As a big fan of the art of listening, I wanted to know more so I went to World Listening Project and discovered that the purposes of World Listening Day are:

  • to celebrate the practice of listening as it relates to the world around us, environmental awareness, and acoustic ecology;
  • to raise awareness about issues related to the World Soundscape Project, World Forum for Acoustic Ecology, World Listening Project, and individual and group efforts to creatively explore phonography;
  • and to design and implement educational initiatives which explore these concepts and practices.

Events to mark this day are taking place all over the world. As my contribution to celebrating the practice of listening, I’d like to point you towards this incredible TED talk by the deaf percussionist Evelyn Glennie. It’s fascinating, inspiring and challenges us to think what listening really means.

(Click here if the video doesn’t play automatically)

Glennie tells us that ‘it’s unbelievably important for us to really test our listening skills, to really use our bodies as a resonating chamber, to stop the judgment.’ What a challenge!

Today’s pebble for you, whether you’re reading this on World Listening Day or any other day:

Who will you listen to today?


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