I am putting together a website/e-magazine in conjunction with my non-profit project (www.1mpp.org).
The website concept is: “Everything is interesting: telling 1,000,000 stories: Inspiring compassion and understanding toward others and their world.”
The idea is everyone has a story to tell. And the more people hear it or read it or see it, the more we can begin to understand why people are the way they are and not necessarily like or love it, but tolerate it – which is all we really need to do for a more peaceful way of living together.
In tying in with the 1MPP concept (which is to raise 1 million dollars from 1 million people) I want to tell 1,000,000 different stories (obviously, a difficult feat, but the idea is to get enough people interested and have them contribute their own stories eventually). The way I see it at the moment… we basically get the ball rolling and we find awesome people, products, projects etc and we translate that awesomeness for other people to digest. We also take up new challenges or try new things and then write about that. Things like the love experiment Jordan posted here a while back. I am going to do a Hip Hop dance class and interview a hip hop dancer and write about that. I think the possibilities for this are endless. Day in the life of a CEO, or a homeless person, or a Social Worker, or a wing-suit base jumper or a Muslim woman, or a gay Christian etc etc.
Is anyone interested in being a part of this? Looking to release the website in March. Contact me yo :)
Thanks for wanting to get involved with the 1MPP site/blog/thing guys! I am creating the basic set up for the site now, ready for release in March. Wondering if any of you would be keen to become Resident Writers? What I would need if so, is a short “About Me” and a photo of you (if you want, otherwise you could pick a photo to represent you) for the Residents page and the commitment you could write something every month (or every fortnight if you feel you can manage it – we can discuss this).
The basic theme for the blog (and e-newsletter) is more or less outlined above, please read over it and let me know what your ideas are for your 1st and 2nd piece. I feel like the more research that goes into a piece, or thought, the more interesting it will be, and by only having to do it once a month we can keep the quality great – also gives you a chance to secure interviews with prospective people (i.e I am doing a piece on the worlds best freeclimber and a professional wingsuit basejumper who I met briefly and saw speak last night).
The writing style is completely up to you, I want to give you complete creative freedom – you just need to make sure you meet the deadline we set out to keep the site consistent. I will be the Editor, so all work will be sent to me directly and I will post it to the website (don’t worry I won’t change your piece, just make sure there are no errors and huge lies).
I am finishing the website this weekend, so I will flick it through to you in draft form (if you want to be involved) that way you can see what the shape/format will look like and throw me any comments or critiques as you see them (remember we want it to be user friendly, so feedback is appreciated!).
In the future if this gauges enough interest I would be turning this format into a print or e-magazine that would be subscription-based, you will of course get a share of the profits from that (or have the opportunity to donate the revenue to 1MPP if you so wish).
Thanks again for being interested guys, so far I have a Brazilian, an Italian, a Brit, a Kiwi, and a American as Residents – so the more diverse and wide-reaching our group the better.
Alternatively, should you wish to only submit one or two pieces, you can do that too – just let me know what vibes you :)
Thanks! Laura x
@lauraocrapira, I am not the “commitment” kind of guy, I have a lot of my own projects in the worx that put huge constraits on time, but I am interested in some level of participation and my travels may encounter some interesting specimens that I can interview to piece together something for you. I’m sure there is no shortage of solid stories to tell from my neck of the woods.
@lauraocrapira, But I do have a couple of ideas already, and I’d start with my own culture: Australian history contains what has come to be known as “The Stolen Generation” that occured up til the late 60’s and there are still remnants of these effects today. I may be able to wrangle up a good subject, or a good family, for this. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stolen_Generations
@lauracrapira, This sparks a great deal of interest. I would love to be part of this project. I got a quick blurb of the first two ideas that came to mind while at work. The main concepts being inspiration can come from anywhere when you don’t know what you want to do and trying to escape tv when most of society is so consumed by it. Soon I will be taking a minimum of 30 days without smoking weed which I plan to journal. Maybe I could make that work. The ideas are flowing :P
@trek79, Hey Ray I think The Stolen Generations thing sounds rad. I would be very interested in reading about that and your take on things. I’ll be posting the website here a little later as well as the email you can submit your articles to. Looking forward to some collaboration!
This is a list of the categories of writing, let me know if you have any questions or want to add anything.
INDIVIDUAL STORIES & EXPERIENCES: Storytelling is one of the oldest art forms and methods of passing on knowledge from generation to generation. Everyone has a story to tell. Love, pain, struggle hardship, understanding, trials, tribulations, experiences. What’s your story?
PASSIONATE PURSUITS: Things that people get passionate about or passionate people.
ECCENTRIC ENDEAVOURS: We set up global experiments, tasks and challenges that you can be a part of and we share those experiences with others. Things like: Hug A Stranger Everyday for 30 days or Take a Jujitsu Class Week.
ADVICE & WISDOM: “Advice is a form of nostalgia, dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than it’s worth.” Baz Luhrmann
BIG IDEAS & WHAT IF’S: Imaginary concepts and boundless dreams
To submit a piece you can email me at: [email protected] with a picture of yourself if you want photo credit. Please include any photos or tagwords you definitely want included. I will also add tagwords to make the article searchable. If you have expressed interest in becoming a RW I will message you privately :)
Thanks again guys! Really excited to read some of your pieces!
@lauraocrapira, this could be the start of something most excellent. i have a few things in mind, i was in the entertainment/show business for almost twenty years. i’ve traveled thoroughly across many of these lands and think i have some of my documented encounters and experiences that are rather useful….message me details?