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I am a part of the Millennial Generation, a generation known to be tech savvy and apathetic, a generation that lives in the post recession world.
Our grandparents are part of the Silent Generation, a generation that lost its voice because of WWII and the Great Depression.
The Silent Generation made it through the Great Depression, and many of them found life and careers that they are truly passionate about. The Millennials need that sort of guidance and wisdom. How do we connect the two?
The Joy Project is a platform that creates a space for intergenerational dialogue.
Send me on a train with a group of mentors and 40 millennials all working on individual projects traveling together to 10 different cities across the United States, starting in San Francisco and ending in Washington DC: in order to understand what it means to flourish in economic circumstances that tell you to seek mere financial security instead of a career that you are truly passionate about.
The Joy Project is a piece of creative journalism.
I will capture narratives of 20 amazing people on this trip. I will match Millennials with members of The Silent Generation in each of the 10 cities, creating a dialogue in a time where we need to learn from each other more than ever before. These stories and interactions will be combined in an online publication of film, writing and photography. Hopefully we will have a better idea of what it means to live a joy filled life.
Film + Photography + Writing = The Joy Project: a new type of human centered creative journalism.
If I don't reach $5,000 by July 15th the money will never leave your account! Take a leap of faith in me?
The Joy Project has three main goals:
I will create a website that integrates my documentation of the trip through film, photography and writing. This website and the narratives produced will be heavily marketed through social media. The goal is to have The Joy Project continue beyond this trip, and continue to document other types of narratives that advocate for intergenerational dialogue. My vision is that it makes a dent in how we approach journalism. Instead of focusing mainly on documenting events that occur, we focus on people and how their stories and relationships with others can create change. My life has been enriched significantly because of the mentors in my life. The stories they have told me and the listening they have done has taught me more than anything else.
I am a lover of humans, great conversation and brunch. I am a student at Georgetown University in the Walsh School of Foreign Service. Out to prove that creativity and strategy actually mean the same thing. Fan of: porches, hammocks, dinner parties & dirty kitchens, endorphins and laughter. Recipient of the Gates Millennium Scholarship and Daniel's Fund Scholarship 2011.