The world can be as beautiful as it can be ugly. [sameness] doesn't ignore the fact that we live in a world where peoples differences can lead to death. This film is a journey through the human narrative from the genocide in Rwanda, to the violence in Israel and Palestine, to troubles in Northern Ireland, and explores the familiar struggle for restorative justice and forgiveness.Read More
We are a hungry species. Peter Menzel and Faith D’Aluisio traveled the world documenting the most essential practice of people - what we eat. Their project, “Hungry Planet,” depicts everything that an average family consumes in a given week. And what it costs. We can see the diversity in the kitchen cupboards of the world, and the [sameness] we all share through such a basic human behaviour.Read More
Anonymous stories written as “journal entries” on the spot by passing strangers. Entries about anything. The result is The Strangers Project. It's a beautiful mosaic of stories from the lives happening around us at every moment. These are our friends, our families, and people we’ve never spoken to. Every moment billions of stories are unfolding—this is a glimpse into some of those things we may normally not notice. These are our lives.
A Ball Pit full of questions. What a grand idea!
When you’re a kid, you can connect with almost anybody. But as you get older, friendships can be harder to find. The cool people of SoulPancake built a fun space on a busy street corner where people could take a seat and make a new friend.
We're big fans of the JR's Inside Out project.
We're also big fans of TedEx - Ideas worth spreading.
When these two ideas were combined in our very own backyard: Dubai... it pretty much made our day. Listen to Sueraya Shaheen, the commissioned photographer for this project speak about the [sameness] of those involved.
Blood Brother is a documentary film about the story of Rocky Braat, a young man who travels through India as many disillusioned others have. During the trip he visits an orphanage for women and children who have been infected by HIV. It is there that his life is changed. His heart is restarted. And it is there that Rocky comes to know what it is, to love authentically and unconditionally.
This series of photographs brings to life the idea of walking in the shoes of the “other”. Photographer Jensen documents some of the shoes of the 30 thousand men, women and children who fled Sudan's Blue Nile State and crosses the boarder into South Sudan. The incredible array of worn-down, ill-fitting, and jerry-rgged shoes form a silent testimony to the arduous nature of their journey, as well as the persistence and ingenuity of the individuals who survived it.Read More
Throughout the world, families' lives are changed immeasurably as a consequence of Dementia. But as with all aspects of our seemingly complex lives things are not what they seem. Prepare to take a beautiful and honest look at one womens story.Read More
Derrick Brown has apparently toured with many big names, appeasing the rambunctious crowds with powerful, melodic poetry that you just can’t not adore. His words are all encompassing and his voice inescapable. Hailed, one of the best love poems, this poem “A Finger and Two Dots”, is not one to be taken lightly. It will consume you and you may even cry, but you will smile (at the end, just wait for it).Read More
What happens when a stranger enters a classroom during a lesson and asks for the pupils' total concentration for 15 minutes in order to make their portrait?
Germain's magnificent photographs are packed with detail--books open on graffitied desks, instructions on white and blackboards, artwork hanging on walls, notes scribbled on the backs of hands. And of course there are the faces of the children themselves; enrapt, bored, inquisitive, arrogant, or shy, they incite endless curiosity about what these kids' lives are like and what their futures hold. These portraits trigger memories of our own schooldays and bring into sharp focus the contemporary school experience throughout the world, in all its diversity and universality.Read More
The theme "Radical Collaboration" for TEDxDU is personified in Rabbi Ted Falcon, Pastor Don Mackenzie, and Imam Jamal Rahman - collectively known as The Interfaith Amigos.
In a time when religion appears to be at the heart of fragmentation, suspicion and conflict, their friendship is a beacon to a wiser, more compassionate, and hopeful path.Read More
Kute Blackson is utterly unique in the world of human potential. Unlike those who promise to simply help people "get" what they want, Kute's life work instead reveals to people what they have to give, by liberating who they are most truly and deeply.
Restart you Heart now.
It began as a personal photography project and morphed into something bigger and better. A museum of photos that provide a worldwide audience with glimpses into the lives of strangers in New York City.
“I don’t know if I could forgive somebody the way he’s been able to forgive me.” – Tim Zaal
“I knew the only way I was going to get past it was to forgive him—and that is a huge undertaking.” – Matt Boger
Two quotes, from the perpetrator and the victim of a hate crime. This 6-minute clip tells the remarkable story of reconciliation between Boger, who as a homeless teenager survived a horrific anti-gay attack in West Hollywood, and of Zaal, one of his attackers. The two met again years later.Read More
With honest lyrics that express disappointment with race-relations, global politics and contemporary culture, Akala's poetic song is both somber and realistic. And hopeful. Akala lyrics encourage us towards a solution:
"The only way you can change anything is to look in the mirror and find no enemy."
Who is Matt? He is "That guy who dances on the internet. No, not him. The other guy. No, not him either. I'll send you the link. It's funny."As Matt makes his way around the world, crossing seas, dancing with complete strangers in complete foreign countries, he crosses lines of division. Matt teaches us that the path laid in front of us isn't the only one we can choose. He shows us that we don't need to be so afraid of each other all the time. Watch the video. It's funny.Read More
Some of the biggest lines of separation, are those that are drawn between religious groups. The video below is from a conference held in Nigeria. It directly confronts the two biggest religious groups; Muslims
and Christians. Seeing these two groups sit together and look for [ sameness ] between them, rather than differences that may separate them, is pretty darn inspiring.
Where Children Sleep is a series by English-born photographer James Mollison’s. He presents photographs of children’s bedrooms around the world, alongside portraits of the children themselves. The differences between each child and his or her bedroom are quite obvious. “I hope the book gives a glimpse into the lives some children are living in very diverse situations around the world...” – says James.Read More
Sameness is about honouring the human life in ourselves and others,
and being inspired to be alive, rather than to just do life. This is what we like to call Restarting your Heart, re-energizing yourself, shaking your creative bones and jump starting your spirit. This film provides the fuel to do that.