Movements need storytelling!

This is happening! HUMANS OF NEW YORK has set off on a 50-day worldwide trip, in partnership with the United Nations, supported by the Secretary General’s MDG Advocacy Group.

This is the direction it needed to go! Yes!

The trip will span over 25,000 miles, across 10 countries. The point of the trip is not to “say” anything about the world, Brandon remarks, but rather to visit some faraway places, and listen to as many people as possible. Oh, but the things it will ‘not say’..

I normally go into my conversations with a set of proven questions to ask, that I find will elicit a wide variety of anecdotes from people's lives: happiest moment, saddest moment, things like that. But with people fleeing war, it is absolutely impossible to discuss anything beyond the present moment. Their circumstances are so overpowering, there is absolutely zero room in their minds for any other thoughts. The conversation immediately stalls, because any topic of conversation beyond their present despair seems grossly inappropriate. You realize that without physical security, no other layers of the human experience can exist. "All day they do is cry for home," she told me. (Dohuk, Iraq)

Dohuk, Iraq: I normally go into my conversations with a set of proven questions to ask, that I find will elicit a wide variety of anecdotes from people’s lives: happiest moment, saddest moment, things like that. But with people fleeing war, it is absolutely impossible to discuss anything beyond the present moment. Their circumstances are so overpowering, there is absolutely zero room in their minds for any other thoughts. The conversation immediately stalls, because any topic of conversation beyond their present despair seems grossly inappropriate. You realize that without physical security, no other layers of the human experience can exist. “All day they do is cry for home,” she told me. © Humans of New York.

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His storytelling is long overdue to cross this threshold (and I don’t just mean beyond NYC), as there is little doubt that it will reverberate across spheres and make the kind of impact that even the UN suits (or especially them) can’t foresee..

The trip has just started and there have only been about 5-6 photos posted, but the difference is already palpable. This is the time when all the lectures will become even more pronounced, and we’ll see just how different and similar we all are, the world over!

So, on to the ‘official’ mission: in addition to gathering portraits and stories (get ready to have your heart ripped open, I reckon..), the purpose of this tour is to raise awareness for the UN Millennium Development Goals: eight international development goals est. in 2000, that every member state of the UN agreed should be accomplished by the year 2015.

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The deadline is looming; realistically, how are they doing?

“According to income-based measures of poverty, 1.2 billion people live with $1.25 or less a day. However, according to the UNDP Multidimensional Poverty Index, almost 1.5 billion people in 91 developing countries are living in poverty with overlapping deprivations in health, education and living standards. And although poverty is declining overall, almost 800 million people are at risk of falling back into poverty if setbacks occur. Many people face either structural or life-cycle vulnerabilities” (#HDR2014).

This trip may in some way help to inspire a global perspective, while bringing awareness to the challenges that we all need to tackle together.

It runs until Sept. 26th (Sept. 26th!).

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      The social media loop:

Humans of New York       Blog    |    Facebook    |    Instagram

UN MDGs       Web    |    Facebook    |    Twitter

Human Development Report    |    The Future We Want    |     Open Defecation

UNICEF Iraq    |    Global Citizen    |     Humanity Cares    |  7 billion actions

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One thought on “Movements need storytelling!

  1. Frightening facts…time flying…deadline looming…the world despairing

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