Educator, activist Shawn Shafner to discuss The People’s Own Organic Power Project Nov. 11 in Potsdam
Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 5:50 am

POTSDAM -- Clarkson University will host artist, educator and activist Shawn Shafner on Monday, Nov. 11 to discuss The POOP (People’s Own Organic Power) Project.

Shafner will give two performances at Clarkson. The first, titled “How the Potty Trained Us,” is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. in Bertrand H. Snell Hall Room 214, and the second, “Assume the Throne,” will be held at 7:15 p.m. in Bertrand H. Snell Hall Room 175.

Through art and engaging performances, Shafner’s mission is focused upon sustainable sanitation and the impact it has on lives on a global scale. The POOP Project began in 2010 in New York City and since then has made an impact on an international level.

Shafner has spoken in front of the UN for the first official World Toilet Day. His work has won many awards for the impact it has made and sparks conversations on local and global levels about how sustainable toilets can create a much healthier world.

The global sanitation crisis affects close to 4.2 billion people, said a press release from Clarkson. It is a significant driver for high child mortality rates.

Shafner has developed partnerships with various associations, including the sustainable sanitation alliance, who take the mission to the next level of policy involvement and direct action. Through creative performances and experiences, the POOP Project educates audiences of all demographics and interests.

“How The Potty Trained Us” is a stand-up/lecture-performance, one of many performances Shafner has created. He exposes the threats of our current global sanitary situation and outlines what actions could be taken to address the issues.

His other performance of the night, “Assume the Throne,” focuses on ways that people can change their mindsets and inspires them to become part of this grassroots movement.