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A viral campaign to spread awareness about other cultures and ways of being.

I want to help start a viral campaign that highlights human experiences from around the world. For example, selecting one of the examples provided in these videos, and creating a small media package to be virally distributed to the general public. It could include images text and video hosted online, accessed through a QR code distributed in a manner to be determined. (Cards? Coins? Posted on walls?)

I just get the feeling that spreading awareness through concentrated, carefully selected examples might do some good. Might inspire some people to reach out, to change how they think, or even simply start thinking.


Topics: culture

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  • Apr 5 2013: So I would think that while a documentary discussing different viewpoints and cultures would be extremely helpful in this regard, it would only be a start. Imagine a TV show that was broadcast similar to a news report where different events from around the world were discussed specifically for the benefit of anyone interested to learn about different cultures. Instead of news anchors, sports commentators, meteorologists (or weathermen), why not have personalities from different cultural backgrounds. I would think that getting enlightened members of different cultures and faiths; peaceful, respectfull people who would simply discuss what the topics mean from their particular perspective. I should think we pick religious figures such as priests, rabbi's, monks, Imam's, etc., who wish to share their take on things. It should be important that these individuals be tolerant, respectfull, and experts in their particular background. They should also be funny, intelligent, and charismatic, likeable characters. I can think of examples of each of these that I have seen in some tv show or another but I would like real, unscripted people. Thoughts?

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