Check out our 1 minute story describing what Worldviews Project is all about.
In response to the overwhelming amount of negative news and the rise of mental health concerns, Worldviews Project aims to inspire hope through a regular supply of positive news stories that include creative and innovative solutions to societal problems. With an emphasis on youth engagement, we are empowering people to rediscover the art of storytelling. Documentary filmmaking has emerged as a powerful medium that we are leveraging to break down stereotypes and highlight the diversity of worldviews that make up our global village. We are provoking critical thinking and demonstrating that anyone can lead change, which makes the world a better place one community at a time.
For six months, starting in September 2014, Worldviews Project founder – Kate McKenzie and her husband Leor Rotchild will travel across Canada to work with schools and provide workshops on how to find positive local stories and inspiring people using Kate’s book “Passport Project,” which encourages youth to find inspiration all around them. Kate and Leor will also feature up and coming musicians and interview inspiring Canadians. They will use planes, trains and automobiles as they visit every province and territory collecting and sharing positive news. The entire adventure will be documented in a 13- part web series (one for each province/territory) and be widely available through the Worldviews Project YouTube channel. Youth will also be encouraged to produce and share their own positive news from their communities, which will also be featured on the Worldviews YouTube channel.
This Canadian Tour is the second installment of Worldviews Project. In 2012, Kate amplified positive news and inspiring leaders over a seven month period in nine countries including Colombia, Uganda, Rwanda, Vietnam, India, Pakistan, Iran, Israel, and Italy. Kate delivered a TEDTalk in 2013 about her experience, which you can view below.You can also visit our You Tube channel and social media links to explore the good news being shared.
Kate has battled with depression for the past 17 years and been a Junior High school teacher for the past seven years. She personally faced, and helped others overcome, a variety of mental health challenges. She believes passionately that those of us with mental health challenges are not defined by these challenges; rather, we have important skills to share with the world. She wants to be a voice that says it is possible to live with these challenges and lead a full, hopeful and amazing life. Worldviews Project is the vehicle through which her voice is heard. Using her art, storytelling and teaching background Kate is excited to equip communities with the skills to share their own positive stories so we can amplify the good all around us.
As a sustainability consultant and eco-preneur Leor has a gift for engaging people across all spectrums to find ways to lessen their impact on the environment and contribute to positive change. As a co-founder of DIG (Do it Green), Leor is working with the Calgary Stampede, Folk Festival and other special events to become more environmentally friendly. Leor brings an innovative and fun-centred approach to working with communities. His efforts have brought him recognition as one of Calgary’s Top 40 Under 40 and a recipient of the YMCA Peace Medal for Humanitarianism.
Goals of Worldviews Project
- To provide preventative tools to help combat mental health issues and promote positive mental health
- To inspire hope by being a source of positive news and a hub for creative and innovative solutions to societal problems.
- To celebrate the powerful medium of documentary filmmaking as a means of artistic expression and awareness raising.
- To break down stereotypes and highlight the many worldviews that make up our global village.
- To encourage youth engagement in local communities and provide inspiring hands-on, real world learning that fosters critical thinking.
- To demonstrate that anyone from any sector can be a community leader and through collaborative solutions we can make the world better one neighbourhood at a time!