Monday, February 16, 2009

24h world: the skinny

So, the cat's out of the bag.

For the past month or so, you've been cooking up a project with friends and acquaintances from around the world, talented writers and artists you've had the tremendous opportunity to engage with as owner of this site, generous individuals who share with you the passion and humility and perplexing dichotomy of being human in this wide and wonderful world.

The result? A social experiment that will run the length and breadth of this aforementioned world, a project that will date stamp, over the period of twelve months, twenty-four consecutive hours from the viewpoint of participants from every continent, complete with a photo of what was happening out there at a precise moment in time as well as the in here bits, the thoughts feelings emotions of the person capturing the moment, their goals and aspirations, and disappointments and setbacks — everything that makes life messy and beautiful at the same time.

gr@itude's task is to compile the images and feelings, to weave them into a compelling film that will grow with the year, change with the seasons, and serve as a true and faithful representation of life from around the world, told in increments and aspirations, memorable moments and successes and failures.

In other words, real time. You cannot wait.

The call is out now for more to sign on. Below are guidelines for the project, what it will take to make this a truly worldwide initiative. All are welcome, and all that is required is a digital camera, email, and a commitment to share a world view with the rest of the world.

Care to join us? Email to get on board.

Official Guidelines

In order to participate, we simply ask that you:

1. Have a camera and the ability to email photos.

2. Commit to capturing a snapshot of what’s going on at your assigned hour twice a month. This is important! You don’t want your country/state not represented because you weren’t available to take a picture! (☹)

3. Provide a brief (one to two sentence) summary caption of what you saw/felt/experienced at the exact the moment the shot was taken. (Just keep it tasteful, especially when after-hours shots are required!)

4. Email your snapshot and caption within two days of the date stamp so that it can be included in the video project.

5. Spread the news! Blog about the project (if you’re a blogger), Twitter it, email your friends, invite your family to log in and experience our 24h World as it happens.

6. Allow us full usage rights to your photos and captions (don’t worry; we’ll duly credit you, and will provide ways for people interested in who you are and what you do to reach you directly).


February 21, 2009
12 noon GMT
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