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As children read about the different Minnesotans featured in this book, we hope they will think about how culture and heritage are important in the life stories of these Minnesotans and are also important in their own stories. As their view of what it means to be a Minnesotan expands, we believe it will also increase their curiosity and understanding of our big, shared world.

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Click below for the interactive map to view photo albums from each of the
countries visited during the journey

View the Journey

3 Questions. 30 Countries. 300 People.
3 Questions. 40 Countries. 700+ People.

Colleen wrote these answers in 10 bright red Moleskine notebooks, then meticulously transcribed them into a spreadsheet which had been methodically coded. This analysis forms the foundation of the story of Colleen’s travels and transformation.

The People

Big Shared World’s Instagram highlights stories from the travel.
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The Book

Big Shared World invites readers to travel with Colleen on an amazing adventure around the globe, and to learn first-hand how people from all walks of life view three big questions.


In 2017, Colleen launched an Indiegogo crowdfund campaign to help fund the editing and publishing needs for an independently published book. To view the campaign, visit the book’s Indiegogo Campaign!


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The Author

When Colleen had the idea for Big Shared World – to travel the world, ask people the same three questions along the way, and write a book about it – nobody told her not to. Instead, everyone in her life thought it was an incredible opportunity to put her boundless curiosity and passion for global issues to good use. Always inquisitive, internationally minded, and up for an adventure, Colleen took off on a remarkable journey to explore the world and gain insight into peoples’ unique perspectives along the way.

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Big Shared World would not be possible without the support of talented professional partners. Meet the Big Shared World team here.

The Story

Driven by curiosity for global perspectives, Big Shared World began as a quest for better understanding of the shared values and issues in our world. Seeking to make connections with people and understand their unique perspectives, Colleen Waterston designed a travel adventure around asking people the same three questions. Their insights guided a transformative experience for Colleen, which she shares here and in her forthcoming book.


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