"Contrary to popular myth, human creativity is not the purview of the lone genius. Every act of creative expression--from aqueducts to the Internet, from the solitary crafting of a poem to the cacophonous performance art of a crowd in Times Square--relies upon relationships: we draw upon a collective well for inspiration, we spring from a foundation built upon the lessons of the past, and our creative work--whether frozen in marble or cast fleeting into the air like a firefly's lightning--relies upon an audience, a witness, for completion.  No one creates, or makes meaning, alone. Creative expression is both a collaborative endeavor and an essential aptitude--if we wish to foster communities based upon the values of self-determination, conservation, and mutual respect, for other human beings as well as for the more-than-human world."