The Global Lives Project


The season of thinking about others is upon us.  And one of Dotsub’s earliest partners, the Global Lives Project, has created a novel way to do just that!  Global Lives is tackling an audacious challenge: building a world grounded in cross-cultural empathy and global understanding.

The Global Lives Project is a volunteer-based creative collaboration focused on the cultivation of empathy across cultures. The First Ten is their first collection of videos sharing the life experiences of wildly diverse – yet amazingly similar – real people. Framed by the arc of the day and conveyed through the intimacy of video, they have faithfully captured 24 continuous hours in the lives of 10 people from around the world.  Beautifully edited, each of the videos can stand alone but are most powerful seen in relation to one another.  You can visit here but be warned:  these videos are addictive!

“Our mission is to foster a common sense of global empathy through our video library of life experience, our public exhibits and our work in classrooms around the world. Naturally, languages and translations are vital,” says David Evan Harris, Founder and Executive Director of Global Lives.  He continues, “Dotsub has been with us every step of the way for about six years now.  Dotsub was an integral part of this effort and will continue to be for our future projects.”

Currently, Global Lives is working on a campaign to put their educational materials in classrooms around the world to reach 100,000 kids.  The goal is to teach children about empathy, their relationship to the rest of the world, and about their future as global citizens.  Of course, this takes money.  If you would like to find out more about how you can help visit here.

For a non-profit, Global Lives’ facts and figures are amazing.  They have logged over 300 hours of video with Dotsub, have translations in over 30 languages, and have had 1500+ volunteer translators.  And they are always looking for more – Dotsub Community take note!  (To sign up click here).

Their second thematic collection, Lives in Transit, will be released in Spring 2014.  Also, early in 2014, Global Lives will be collaborating with the Smithsonian Institution on a series that centers on speakers of endangered languages.

“The Global Lives Project is a pathbreaking work of public ethnography—it brings the diversity of lived experiences into sharp relief through video, an unwieldy, but ideal medium for this type of endeavor. My colleagues and I at the Smithsonian are excited to be launching a new collaboration with Global Lives to bring a new dimension into the Global Lives collection: linguistic diversity.”

– Joshua A. Bell, Curator of Globalization; Director of Recovering Voices, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution


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