Consciousness Raising Through Storytelling: The Global Oneness Project

Scott Ballum
  • 11 february 2009

How are we connected? Well, there’s Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter… you know the list. But what about something bigger, grander, that connects us on a global level? That’s the idea behind the Global Oneness Project, a special project of Kalliopeia Foundation, “a private grant making foundation committed to honoring the unity the lies at the heart of life’s rich diversity.”

More than just the warm and fuzzy, this project is an extensive online library of beautifully crafted short films and interviews about folks dedicated to social responsibility on the really big scale. The fluid and moving videos feature people such as youth worker Nelsa Libertad Curbelo Cora of Barrio de Paz (Peace Town), a non-violent youth movement in Guayaquil, Ecuador; the neighborhood of West Oakland, California, where People’s Grocery is creating a healthy alternative, offering access to organic produce; and New Zealand actor Cliff Curtis explaining how, from his perspective, storytelling is a form of activism. Each is available subtitled in nearly a dozen languages, and open for sharing under a Creative Commons license.

What is the foundation’s interest in oneness? “We have seen again and again through our film subjects that when people shift their focus away from personal fulfillment towards the needs of the community – be it local or global – innovative and life-sustaining solutions are born. We see this potential reflected all around us, and we hope to encourage others to recognize and participate in this emerging awareness so we can work together to help create a world that consciously reflects the values of oneness: freedom, compassion, abundance, and respect for all life.”

Global Oneness Project


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