“We must educate a generation of global citizens — versed in human rights, culturally literate, skilled for intercultural dialogue and committed to building a better world for all. ”

— Irina Bokova, Director-General, UNESCO

WORLD WISE

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World Wise combines Virtual Reality documentaries and interactive learning experiences to raise young people’s awareness of diverse cultures and critical global issues. 

World Wise brings a broad spectrum of people and places into intimate focus through immersive stories about teens around the world, who are working with their communities to support environmental sustainability, social justice and human rights.

PROGRAMS

THE WAYFINDER immerses viewers in the seafaring adventure of Kamai, a young Hawaiian who dreams of voyaging in the wake of her ancestors. As the art of wayfinding and the importance of cultural and environmental sustainability, she discovers tools to protect her islands and navigate the voyage of her life. THE PROTECTOR shares the story of Adan, who is dedicating his life to protecting the endangered sea turtles that next on the beach near his home. We join his family celebration of Dia de los Muertos, an annual fiesta honoring loved ones who have died.

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“If your intention is to enrich yourself, broaden your perspectives, learn a language and create enduring relationships, then service in a community is a great place to start…. If you forget about the traveling and beach going and other such things, you will find a more fundamental happiness.”

Michael Waheed, World Wise Adventures, Israel
Waldorf School of the Peninsula, Class of 2015

World Wise Adventures

Growing Compassionate Global Citizens through Service, Stories and Exploration

The mission of World Wise Adventures is to inspire young people to become compassionate, informed and engaged citizens of the world through making films, doing service work and sharing interactions with diverse local and global communities.

World Wise Adventures creates an integrated experience that imparts the following to participants:

  • Awareness of the commonalities between their lives and the lives of people from diverse communities and cultures.
  • Recognition that each individual and every community is significant to the well being of our world.
  • Sensitivity to global cultures forged through meaningful shared experiences.

The positive effects of this project extend beyond these guiding principles to benefit not only the youth who participate in the service trips, but also the communities they help, the nonprofit organizations that serve those communities, and young children everywhere, who will be exposed to global cultures through the sharing of stories, films and educational activities.

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"There are nascent stirrings in the neighborhood and in the field, articulated by non-celebrated people who bespeak the dreams of their fellows. It may be catching. Unfortunately, it is not covered on the six o’clock news."

Studs Terkel, My American Century

The Heroism Project

Website and Curriculum Guides

Check out  sample pages in the  Curriculum Guides .  Visit The Heroism Project  website .   Purchase the Curriculum .

Check out  sample pages in the Curriculum Guides.

Visit The Heroism Project website.

Purchase the Curriculum.

Americans love heroes. Since September 11, 2001, they’ve been in our consciousness and media more than ever. We have a history of attributing them with extraordinary virtues and exalting them on lofty pedestals – until we discover they’re human. Then we can’t seem to resist shooting them down, sometimes even literally. In Search of Heroes: An American Journey explores the complex relationship between Americans and our heroes. Designed to engage people of diverse ages and backgrounds in thinking and talking about the values that define our culture and create our history, the project is currently structured around an interactive Website, that examines the changing face of twentieth century American heroes, and interdisciplinary Curriculum Guides for elementary, junior high and high school students.

The heroes that color the dreams of our youth – whether we find them in cartoons or comic books, headlines or history books, at the movies or in our homes – play a significant role in shaping our values and influencing the path of our lives. And in so doing – person by person – they influence the fate of our country and our world.

We live in tumultuous times. Embroiled in a contentious war in the Middle East, we continue to deal with the aftermath of 9/11 and ongoing threats of terrorism. Conflicts on the home front abound as well – between conservatives and liberals, hawks and doves, environmentalists and industrialists, haves and have nots. And freak outbreaks of violence, such as the rampage of the DC snipers, bring an element of fear to simple daily routines. Our collective myths need to be reevaluated occasionally, or they harden into fundamentalism. What better time than now?

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