Greetings friends and family, nomads and artists, creators and visionaries!
I’d like to welcome you to our first issue of the PRCPTION Travel newsletter, where we share some of our latest community-building videos. Many supporters of the project happen to stay away from modern social networking platforms, (where we host & share most of our media), so I realized it was finally time to establish a digital tool for connecting our smiling faces and projects.
In this edition, we’ll re-familiarize you with PRCPTION Travel’s smiling media mission, give you a glimpse at our recent trip to Western and Southern Africa, and introduce the new #SmilesFiles awareness-building campaign.
📢 Our Mission 🌐
For too long has mass media dominated what we learn about the world: we see terrorism, we see fear, we see separation; but what about the healthy collaborations? What about the people working together to make this world a better place? We see disconnection between people and government, but we aren’t presented to the actual community-builders. We learn about celebrity scandals but we aren’t always introduced to the local artists. Even in our day & age of globalized internet, there’s a missing link.
After a few years of experimentation, PRCPTION Travel is officially aiming to fill that gap between people and media on a mass scale. Let’s be the source of information through which we learn about the world. Let’s remove ourselves from corporate filter bubbles and tell our own stories.
Digital media is a very powerful & accessible tool to share the smiles (not the fear!), so that’s what we’re doing. We’re developing a global media network that shares the real human narrative with those all around us–for the people, by the people.
The world is a big place, full of even bigger hearts, and one small team couldn’t broadcast them all in a single lifetime. But by joining together as global citizens to share the quick experiences that make life great, maybe we could indeed take a few steps closer to perceiving past our imaginary borders, our ideologies and the mental walls we sometimes we forget we still have.
🌍 Moronou, Cote d’Ivoire 👁
To illustrate this point, we invite you to take a look at our latest 5-part web series, #Moronou. Invited to document & share the economic issues of the West African region this summer, it wasn’t too difficult to see that the inner joy of these people easily out-shines our external conception of “poverty.”
Now we ask ourselves: what can we learn from this?
For more information or contact leads for development projects in the region, don’t hesitate to respond to this e-mail!
😁 #SmilesFiles 😁
PRCPTION Travel is opening up its media production network to a new era of community builders: we want you to share your own techniques, experiences, and perspectives on life to broadcast to the rest of the world!
Just take some shots with your smartphone, of any inspiring event or experience—no fancy camera, editing, or budget required—and then you can either submit the footage to us for free editing (donations appreciated (http://www.youcaring.com/perception) !), or simply post it to your favorite social media platform with the hashtag #SmilesFiles.
Each few weeks, we’ll take the most enlivening, inspiring, activating #SmilesFiles and compile them into montage videos to share the human narrative—together, peer-to-peer, decentralized. By exposing ourselves to ourselves, we connect!
I hope you’ve found something in this message inspiring, and I hope you’ll join us in this #SmilesFiles endeavor to connect the world as a more peaceful dwelling for humans.
The only way to move forward is to realize that we’re all in this together, and we can show it with digital video.
😄 Let’s be the change we wish to see (literally)! 🚀