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Haven't done it yet? Then this has to go on your list of “things to do in life.“ Stage diving is pure, touching solidarity. And while falling into the hands of strangers might seem odd, it turns out to be a hell lot of fun. When we surf today’s web, the feeling is similar: Everywhere a new face, a new profile sharing your interests. While we flip through cuties from the other side of the world, it seems we're more connected than ever before. But are we really? Technology facilitates collaboration. Yet cultural differences give rise to many of today´s conflicts. While knowledge about environmental threats spans the globe, joint action seems hard to agree on. Despite the technical opportunities, we´re still cut off from each other. Are we really all one? What if somebody took a look? Asking your questions? Doing what you want him to do? Stage diving a whole continent? I am the ambassador. Your wish is my way.
the ambassador user-generated globetrotting
The Playground I will travel through all 13 countries of Latin America. I start at Cape Horn and go all the way up to Panama. That should take me one year, roughly. The Route Web users will decide what´s next: They send orders and choose the destination. Anything I can carry in or do with my head or hands is possible. The Charity I will collect “bonus miles“ from sponsors and users. They pay 10 Euros for each mile spent. The money goes to the non-profits I meet on my way. The Gadgets A blog to report on human encounters, insights from the last wildfire and ecosocial innovations. Geo-tagging to follow each footstep and interactive mapping to enhance the story. Tech and survival gear from outdoor sponsors who like to invest in a cool CSR project.
Every website visitor is asked to send me an order. I can deliver messages, climb mountains, interview people or do any other weird stuff you want me to do. So the central question is: What do you want me to do? Save the black lion tamarin! In this example I´m asked to take care of an endangered sort of human ape – the black lion tamarin. For this, I would need a little more info from the user. First of all: Where do I need to go?
Let´s say the user knows an organization that cares for our little ape friend. Their headquarters are in Manaos in Brasil, a city right next to the Amazonas. With the interactive map, users can not only see where I´m located right now – they can also define where they want to have me next. After setting the order and locating the place on the map, it would be nice to know a: Contact Person Suzana M. Padua, Wildlife Trust, Telefax: (92) 3656-5442 The next factor is the: Timing
Suzana is not avaiable from June 10 – July 5
And there could be helpful:
Make a photo of the tamarin in action!
blog and media partners
Offering the simplicity of the uber-community Twitter (“What are you doing?“), people can easily type in their order and change the route in real time by using the interactive map.
Once the order is approved, it will be listed on the webpage, so that visitors can come back to follow up on orders/routes/stories they like. So how would this story continue on the blog? Order #25: Save the black lion tamarin! From: Samara, Quebec, Canada Destination: Manaos, Brasil Status: Just arrived After an 8-hour bus trip I fell in Suzanas arms. She strenghtened me with fresh fruits and a hilarious steak! Happy with a stuffed stomache, she introduced me to the not-sohappy situation our little tamarin friends are in. Tracked by hunters and losing their habitat through deforestation, the total population fell from 1,500 species to 300 in just five years...
First, the blog will inform readers about the development of orders. Concerning social issues like in this example, the least I can do is to make aware of the tamarin´s situation and call for donations on the blog. If the story is hot, I could report in depth for major media. Or help spread the issue via social networks I´m linked to. Or connect Suzana with NGOs that I know help endangered animals on a larger scale. In agreement with the user, I will do what´s possible to “save“ the black lion tamarin. In addition to orders, the blog will feature the following... Categories Art of Travelling about the ups and downs of hitch-hiking a whole continent Raging Wildfires reflecting on experiences and sharing some truths about life Encounters & Insights interviews with eco-social innovators or coincidental meetings on the street Action & Fun diving, dancing, para-gliding – all you can get from Latin America
Media Partners In addition to blogging, the project is ideal to partner with different media: Social Web Videos on YouTube, photos on flickr, groups on facebook and other social networks. Cooperations with globetrotter communities like couchsurfing.org and regular blogging or interviews for web magazines. Print I will offer features to European magazines whenever I stumble upon a great story. I can also imagine a regular column for a travel or nature magazine. TV Parts of the trip should be pretty interesting for a TV documentary. Radio How about weekly reports from the depth of the Amazonas, while you have your breakfast listening to the local station?
Financing the trip
At least four issues in the project should be interesting for potential sponsors: Globetrotting I see myself equipped with the latest gear from an outdoor company. During this massive trip they can show and test the quality of their products. Communication I need a good mobile for photos and videos. Think fo Telcos who like to be related to a social cause and present themselves as global, open-minded and tech-savvy. Mobility Airlines, travel bureaus, package carriers fall into this category. How does this sound: the ambassador - delivered to you by UPS Media A book deal, exclusive filming rights, fees for regular reporting – there´s many ways to re-sell the story to different media. Finally, I will apply for International Funds that support democracy, journalism etc.
Collecting bonus miles
If you crossed the continent on a direct line from bottom to top, that would make 4,722 miles. Due to the orders I receive, my way will rather be a zig-zag tour. Thus, the real amount of miles will be known only at the end of the trip.
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While I travel, people can “fill up“ the route I leave behind. Everybody can “buy“ a mile for 10 Euros. The more miles you buy, the longer is your piece on the road. Thus, we do the route twice: Me in person and the community with their donations.
Manager of a Media Camp with 100 volunteers covering the G8 Summit. The resulting film featuring Nobel peace prize laureate Muhammad Yunus won the Cinema for Peace Award as “Most Valuable Documentary of the Year”. PR and blogging in preparation of the Table of Free Voices, a unique gathering of 112 inspiring individuals from 60 countries answering 100 questions collected via the web.
Freelancing author for green community Utopia, online media magazine Neue Gegenwart and reportage magazine Humanglobaler Zufall. Director Communications 10th World Business Dialogue, the largest known business convention organized by students, with top executives from around the world. The complete road of life on http://dkomm.blogspot.com
When do you start? I aim for mid 2009, which basically depends on the financing. Why Latin America? It´s huge, it´s dangerous, it´s so diverse. Amazing landscapes and mega-cities. Indigenious cultures and a moving political scene. Tons of social tensions and yet a nation of music and dance. Just the biggest adventure I can think of. Why don´t you just travel like any other globetrotter? Since I act as an e-mail on two legs, I become a kind of tool for others. I live their orders, their interests, their dreams – still I think it´ll become a trip to myself. By sharing this, I hope to inspire others to follow their own calling. Please read the manifesto on the last page. Do you want to go alone? I would, but I gladly welcome people who want to join me. Do you speak Spanish or Portuguese at all? Not yet, but I´ll start the trip with a language school. Do you have experiences in globetrotting? Not at all – I never even left Europe.
References: These folks make me believe that the time is due for the ambassador...
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I wish I was a messenger and all the news was good* It took me a while to figure out that life has no final destination, no finite aim and that it does not lie somewhere in the future, but must be lived now. I want to believe that every human is free to change tomorrow - neither job, family situations, sorrows nor illnesses stop you to live a life of your choice. Our own mind sets the obstacles and we should shut it off once in a while to let our hearts talk. But freedom hurts and taking decisions does even more. But once we accept the pain and start the journey, even if we don´t know where we might end up, miracles begin to happen. If we share our true feelings and endeavours, the right people will join our cause. “First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then you win.“ Ghandi knew: It´s painstaking to present your dreams and stand in for them. But if you keep on track, you collect more and more useful hints and new doors open. When you go for dreams, stubbornly, persistently, smilingly through crisis and uncertainty, it´ll free your true self. This is all I want to show with the ambassador. I realize a dream. You are part of it. Get inspired and start doing whatever you have to do in your life. The more people figuring out their true calling, healing others by their sheer appearance, the better this world can get – one person at a time. I believe the web and the shape of the world now allow this project to become true, to touch hearts and – most definitely – transform the way I see the world. Let me share this with you. In the end, we´re all connected with each other, not only do we share common feelings and values, but we all come from and go back to what various teachers call oneness, universe, god. dk a.k.a. the ambassador, November 2008 *Pearl Jam