manifesto | storytelling for good

the philosophical heartbeat of a storyteller is to move more people to do great things: to inspire people to think, act and behave in a way which will enrich their lives and the lives of all living things.

emerging world project is a constellation of conservationists and artists. this collective creates multimedia and transmedia storytelling as a fundamental & immersive form of communication that engages our brains at the intuitive, sensory & executive levels. where one story may begin in podcast it may follow up in documentary film, photography, stage, painting, essay, graphic novel and VR. EWP collective also creates advocacy campaigns with those aspiring to create a more compassionate, just and peaceful society.

we are connected to consciousness & mother nature. if you fail to see & appreciate the beauty within it, you are bound to make grave mistakes & then go on to justify them at the extreme detriment of truth. from the chemical poisoning of our global soils, food and children, the  extinction of our wildlife through greed & ignorance, to murder in our streets of poor & disenfranchised, we are a horrifically disconnected & destructive species. 

yet, look at how broadly we responded to these recent events. we planted gardens we have never grown, we have walked trails we have never seen, we used video conferencing and the rediscovery of the family dinner table to connect with loved ones. our over-scheduled & phrenetic families suddenly connected in ways they have not in decades. this connection has opened up new dialogue across all areas of our society and wildly positive changes are emerging that benefit humanity, wildlife and the planet.

the essence this project hopes to imbue is an increased feeling of hope that individuals can make sense of things; an increased desire to learn and understand more; a desire to think more clearly and critically and holistically; a seriousness about the issues we face and a deepened desire to contribute meaningfully; a sense of a way forward that is not partisan, that doesn’t serve class or market interests, that has both wholesomeness and capacity; that has the kinds of virtue and intelligence that can inspire people to develop themselves and transcend cynicism; greater clarity on what a healthy culture is and why it is upstream from all the problems that need to be addressed; a desire to find ways to authentically engage. these are the markers of success for Emerging World Project.

there is a revolution afoot in beauty & love and we couldn’t be more excited to be a part of it.

Emerging World Project Studios recognizes that we occupy land in Los Angeles County originally and still inhabited and cared for by the Tongva, Tataviam, Serrano, Kizh, and Chumash Peoples. We honor and pay respect to their elders and descendants–past, present, and emerging–as they continue their stewardship of the lands and waters in Los Angeles County.