Big Shared World Interactive Map

Big Shared World started out of my fascination, and a bit of frustration, with the world we live in today.  I had spent my education and professional career thus far thinking about my country’s engagement with the rest of the world.  Sometimes I felt optimistic of the direction the world was heading, and sometimes I was pretty negative about the way people were interacting with each other and the planet we all call home.  In an attempt to make sense of  it all, I decided to embark on a fact finding mission to see what other people thought.  Thus, the Big Shared World journey began.

Explore the interactive map to see where I went by clicking on the countries highlighted in red. From there, you can view albums that highlight the people I interacted with and the beautiful moments that made up the inspiring BSW journey!

The journey took place from October 2014 through the end of 2015. My goal was to visit 30 countries and interview 300 people, asking three important questions. In the end, I reached nearly 40 countries, and asked the questions of hundreds more than I set out to connect with. (I also expanded my interview to include six demographic questions of each of my interviewees.)

The journey itself was incredible.  But it was never meant to serve only myself as a fun travel adventure. It was meant to be an opportunity to learn from people around the globe, and ultimately to build community for understanding each other a little better in this Big Shared World.

In 2016, I spent time making sense of all the insights learned along the way, reflecting on lessons and interactions that help tell the story of the journey, and the takeaways to share.

Now, I am in the process of finishing and publishing a book about the experience, and creating ways for people to interact with the ideas that bring Big Shared World to life.