Here we are already at four weeks of HumanKind Media. When we started this little media experiment, we wanted to see if offering a small shift, maybe 5 percent, in the average daily media consumption, would make a difference in our shared social narrative: 5 percent less violence, consumerism, gossip, and division, and 5 percent more possibilities. Five percent less media that takes away, and 5 percent more that gives something. We count the Global Oneness Project as a perfect example of media that gives.
While I was researching for Help a Woman, Heal the World, I discovered Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee, founder and director of the Global Oneness Project. After a career as a professional jazz musician, Emmanuel followed his own longing to make an impact and found himself in the non-profit world, where, working for the Kalleopeia Foundation, a private family foundation, he said he "saw a need people have for media that focuses on what brings us together." Continue to video:
Emmanuel and a small film crew started traveling and talking, creating short films highlighting organizations and people around the world, talking about oneness and how it plays out in their lives, their work, their world. He says there are common values that pop up in the films no matter where he travels -- stewardship, compassion, and generosity, to name a few.
Once you start watching these videos about change and possibility, you'll probably find you could spend way more than 5 percent of your media time today and the rest of this week hanging out with the Oneness crowd. And here's the best part: Emmanuel says they're about to have a DVD release of the films, a free DVD release, with a cool catch.
"We're not using precious resources just to produce a DVD for passive viewing: someone orders, watches once, and puts away," he said. Instead, they're offering the DVD on a "pay it forward" model, asking viewers to pull people together to watch the DVD, share it in groups, and talk about it. For Emmanuel the production of the media is only the means to the desired end: connection, involvement.
I think you're going to like the Global Oneness Project. Click on the video below and check it out. But these videos are like potato chips -- I'm not sure you can stop after just one! For more, visit Globalonenessproject.org. And don't forget the most important part: Pass these on. Give your friends a way to make their own 5 percent shift. And if you're lucky enough to live in California, you can visit (and volunteer at) the first North American version of the Seva Cafe, the Karma Kitchen.